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Rugby Union (Men's)

A sport for everyone - no matter your size, skill or experience there is a place for you at NTU Rugby Union. From players competing at the top levels of university rugby to boys just playing for fun, NTU can cater any and all of your rugby needs. A sport built around teamwork and comradery; build friendships and make memories both on and off the pitch.

Mens rugby team celebrating
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Performance Rugby
NTU Men’s Rugby Union programme has the strategic vision “to become a sustainable BUCS Super Rugby university by 2024, whilst providing a wide ranging rugby development and participation opportunities for its members”. Through this vision, the club ensures there is rugby for all levels of player and can cater for those aspiration professional rugby players whilst at the same time providing a route for new players to the sport. To create and provide an outstanding student rugby environment, with learning and enjoyment as it’s foundation is the aim for all those students, staff and volunteers involved.


NTU Performance programme is amongst the top BUCS Rugby Union programmes in the UK. The unique partnership with Nottingham Rugby in The English Championship allows a performance pathway where NTU students can transition into the professional game with Nottingham Rugby, with Head of Rugby David Ross working across both squads. Last season, seven NTU 1st XV players were in the Nottingham Rugby match day squad who faced Saracens in The Championship, perfectly illustrating how the partnership between the two teams works.

Dedicated strength and conditioning staff, three full time physiotherapists, performance lifestyle mentors, as well as expertise in nutrition and sports psychology, support the performance squad alongside an extensive scholarship programme. Fully qualified and position specific coaches work within the programme and take great pride in the high standard of player development processes which allows the programme to flourish. Formerly a BUCS Super Rugby team, the 1st XV aspirations are to return to the top tier of university rugby within the next two season and become a long term, sustainable team in the league.


Rugby is one of the largest and most social clubs at NTU currently consisting of nearly 300 members. The club runs 5 sides who play in the BUCS Leagues, 2 sides in the BUCS 7s competition and 4 sides who play in the local Notts Universities League. All BUCs players can access physio at a discounted rate.
NTU is also partnered with Nottingham Rugby Club in The English Championship, with several current NTU players within their set up and featuring for the side throughout the season. NTU Head of Rugby, David Ross, is assistant coach at Nottingham and ensures a seamless transition from the university to professional game.

Training takes place at Lady Bay (1s and 2s) and Nottingham Moderns RFC (3s, 4s and 5s) venue where pitch sessions take place on Monday and Friday evenings.

1s / 2s:
Head of Rugby - David Ross
Assistant Coaches - John Widdowson, Sam Bignall, Alex White and Maria Crowfoot

3s / 4s / 5s:
Rugby Development Officer - Dan Edson

NTU Rugby Union can help you progress off the pitch as well as on it, with a dedicated workforce development programme, which includes paid and voluntary opportunities as well as the opportunity to apply for funding to support you to achieve qualifications, including RFU Coach and Referee Education. For more information on workforce development, contact our Rugby Development Officer - Daniel Edson (

How to join

Membership costs £155 for freshers and £130 for returners. Memberships purchased at any point during the academic year are only valid until the end of term 3.

Playing shirts are provided on game days with shorts and socks available to buy at the Lee Westwood Sports Centre at the Clifton Campus.

Join here.


NTU Rugby offers regular games in organised leagues across the University. Enter your own team into the league or we can allocate you a team. These leagues offer weekly fixtures during term time, coordinated by NTU Sport staff and officiated by qualified match officials.

No NTU Sport membership is required. You simply pay the weekly fee each time you play.

Find out more


Club email - or 
David Ross -

Social media

Facebook - @NTURugbyUnion
Instagram - @nturugbyunion
Twitter - @NTURugbyUnion

Still need help?

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