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Do you want to play rugby but don’t know where to start?

There are a number of colleges that take part in British College Sport (BCS) competitions regularly – your college may be one of them. Download our list of BCS rugby colleges here (MS Excel 12kB). 

O2 College Touch rugby has been newly launched for September 2013, with over 50 colleges taking part nationally yours could be one. O2 Touch is a non-contact form of rugby that can be played anywhere.

For a list of colleges running O2 Touch, please click here (MS Excel 16kB). 

There are also over 3,000 rugby clubs around the UK, many of which are looking for players aged between 16-25. If you would like to find out more information about your nearest club then search here with your postcode.

Women's Pathway

College students aged 18 or above are able to participate in the RFU Player Pathway.

The RFU Women’s Academy Programme is to be introduced in the 2013/14 season for senior players, who will be nominated directly by their CB, club, college or university. There will be four academies nationwide and the programme will run over a 12-month period. At the end of the season players could be nominated to attend England trials.

Through the academies, the RFU Women’s Performance Department aims to deliver an improved quality of experience for players, including coaching, strength and conditioning programmes, as well as nutritional, lifestyle and analyst support.

CBs have the opportunity to develop women’s rugby in the way that is best suited to their area and the RFU will continue to work with them going forward to strengthen links between CBs and their clubs, colleges and universities. The introduction of the new Academy Programme will thus allow the RFU Performance Department (Women) to work more closely with players who are fully committed to being part of the RFU Player Pathway and who have the sole aim of representing England at the highest possible level.

College students who are aged 15, 16 or 17 on August 31 of that season are in the U18 age band and can participate in the RFU Player Pathway for Girls. This includes CB (county) rugby.

For further details on the nomination processes and the Player Pathway, please contact

Volunteer, coach or referee in rugby

Volunteering as a coach, referee or using your other “non- rugby” skills can be a really great way to get involved in the community without having to play rugby.

Rugby clubs around the country are looking for young volunteers to help with their websites, social media pages, in the kitchen and on the pitch.

If you would like to do something that really helps your local community in your spare time, make some friends and get so experience to put on your CV then contact your local Development officer and let him know what your skills are and how you think you could help out. Or you can always search for your local club and contact them directly.

Work experience

If you're looking to combine your love of rugby with your college work experience, both the RFU and their member clubs offer a number of opportunities. Visit our careers pages for further information.

If you already play rugby and want some advice about how to progress, the RFU have recently put together the Education Guide for Talented Young Rugby Players (PDF 1.24MB). This document will give you some information about the performance pathways available and some case studies from players that have progressed through college and university.


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