Rugby Union

Welcome to the University of Liverpool’s Rugby Union Club. 

LURFC boasts four teams, four coaches, several training and playing facilities of the highest standard and a great, friendly club atmosphere. From beginners to experts LURFC caters for all levels of abilities and experience. All 4 teams will play in BUCS leagues for the 2020-21, with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams all participating in the BUCS Northern leagues 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A respectively.

The 1st and 2nd teams are competitive outfits with a focus on results. The third team is a strong outfit consistently feeding into the 1st and 2nd XVs. The 4th team is ideal for keen players, particularly freshers to hone their skills and increase their University rugby experience before making their way up the LURFC ladder.

The 1st team will now be entering their Third year with performance team status, with more information on the benefits this brings below.

The captaincy for the 2020-21 season is as follows:

1st XV: Max Selfie 

2nd XV: Michael Keohane

3rd XV: TBC

4th XV: TBC



Training for all teams takes place on Monday and Friday evenings with a prompt 7pm start. Matches are held on a Wednesday afternoon. This schedule allows the club to cover a fair amount of work throughout the week, whilst still not being too demanding on players, providing a good Rugby/Study balance.

Strength and Conditioning

The modern game is in every sense professional, and the club is striving to mirror such professionalism in its training and performance. There is a healthy gym culture amongst numerous members of the club, with the gym facilities having undergone resent refurbishment, allowing members access to a wide range of modern training facilities. This year will also have a great emphasis on recovery, mobility and prevention of injury to our players, with support regarding diet and hydration being readily accessible. This dedication off the field is undoubtedly bound to benefit performance on the field.


Varsity is arguably the pinnacle of University Rugby. The main Varsity of the year is without doubt against Liverpool John Moores University. After a full day of sporting fixtures from climbing to hockey, the last fixture is Rugby Union which always attracts a big crowd. This year we defeated John Moores and will be looking to repeat that result this year.

Similarly, to Varsity, we also partake in the Christie Championships. The tournament brings together Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds together in a day of sporting competition in what is widely regarded as the ‘Battle of the North’. The 2018 Competition saw us win the championship for the first time in 27 years, another result we strive to repeat in the coming years.


The social side of LURFC is also taken very seriously. We have weekly socials, monthly Athletic Union nights including fancy dress with all other sports teams from the University, not to mention other special events such as the Christmas Party, Gents Evening and Charity Shop Roulette which raises hundreds of pounds for charity annually. We will be hosting several events to help raise money for charity throughout the year also.

The bond and friendships made off the field are seen as vital to not only our performance on the field, but the University experience as a whole, as we are all friends first and foremost. With a packed social calendar, we can guarantee your best nights out will be with LURFC.

Take your sport seriously, work hard and take pride in what you do on the field, all that work and no play can make for a very boring degree!

Information for those looking to join in September 2020

The club runs an off-season strength and conditioning programme, which we recommend in order to prepare yourself for playing men’s rugby come September.

There are also two pre-season weeks organised usually, however with COVID19 preseason will be happening much later than expected with the freshers trail occurring in November.


For aiding us at the club during this process and for start of the season selection issues, please complete the Rugby Union CV 2020 and either email the completed version to our president Joe. Alternatively bring it along completed to your first training session. Please note that your ‘Rugby Reference’ should either be your school or club coach.


If you have any questions about joining the club or attending pre-season, please do not hesitate to contact us.