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University Rugby

Higher Education rugby is thriving, both for those already active in the game and those wanting to try it for the first time.

A flying tackle during the 2008 Varsity match at Twickenham

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Whether you are a seasoned campaigner in youth rugby and want to test your skills at British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) level, or want to pick up the oval ball and sample the camaraderie of a rugby club while studying, the RFU is here to help.

People decide on a university for countless reasons. Some rugby nuts are even swayed by the standard of their beloved game at that institution.

Rugby Union Student Liaison Officers (RUSLOs) – dedicated specialist staff who work to support university rugby clubs – can offer advice on this and are a useful point of contact for all matters on rugby in higher education. RUSLOs are a measure of the RFU’s commitment to student rugby, and they work alongside other support structures. The RFU is the only national governing body with full-time staff dedicated to the university game.

A player breaks clear during a women's match

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RFU staff and RUSLOs have been instrumental in establishing the Higher Education Rugby Development Programme (HERDP), which offers help on club development and incentive-based funding. They can also help on issues such as free insurance, club links, coaching support and college awards.

To assist players looking for a route into rugby, the RFU has developed Play On, a nationwide campaign aiming to develop pathways for new and lapsed rugby players to find their place in the sport.

On all matters relating to university and college rugby, get in touch via the RFU contact us page.