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Competition, Participation and Ways to Play

Menu of opportunity

  • Intramural rugby union, sevens, 10s or 15-a-side (contact)
  • Intermural touch rugby
  • Local development leagues – sevens/10s (contact)
  • Touch leagues and events run locally or nationally
  • One-off fun events (Rugby Mega Fests) run on campus
  • Opportunities to referee, event manage or coach within your university or other local opportunities
  • Formal O2 Touch Base (university based)

Playing opportunities

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Photo: RFU Archive

Rugby union is an easy and low-cost way to enhance the student experience. It can be played by people of all shapes and sizes, irrespective of gender or previous experience. Accessible competitions are available for all levels, from local festivals to national championships.

For more information on festivals and events near you, contact your local RFU University Rugby Development Officer.(PDF 184kB)

The BUCS championship provides a great platform for players to enjoy the game, demonstrate their skills, and perform at every level. Every year, the two best teams fight it out at Twickenham Stadium, the home of rugby.

There are also many opportunities to play in more social competitions and in other forms of rugby union. There are a growing number of universities running intramural programmes, giving students a chance to play for their halls or their department. A number of development leagues have been established across the country, enabling universities to provide more regular rugby opportunities for club members. Providing a more flexible competitive game with reduced regulations and requirements, putting the emphasis on players getting on the pitch and enjoying all forms of the game.

Supported with equipment from the RFU, it is a great way to get more people enjoying the game and playing with their university friends, whilst also providing lots of opportunities for those who want to try their hand at coaching or officiating.

Touch rugby can be even more fun. Mixed and informal, it’s a great way to keep fit and enjoy the camaraderie that the sport can offer. Go to our designated O2 Touch page to find out how you can play or even organise your own events.

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