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 club caters for all levels of ability and experience. All 4 teams will now play in the BUCS leagues for the 2018-19 rugby season, with the 1st 2nd ,3rd and 4th all participating in BUCs Northern leagues 1A ,2A, 3A and 4A respectively.

The first and second teams are competitive outfits with a focus on results. The third team is a strong, fun outfit that consistently feeds into the 1st and 2nd XVs. The 4th XV is a great team for keen players, particularly fresher’s, to hone their skills and increase their rugby experience and game time before making their way up the Liverpool rugby ladder.

Our first team have also just been awarded performance team status for 18/19 with more information on our application to S&C and additional benefits below.  

 The Captaincy for each team for the 2018-19 season will be as follows:

1st XV: Jacob Butler

2nd XV: TBC

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.  We find this schedule works well as we can achieve a lot and cover a fair amount of work, with a schedule that is not overly demanding for the players.

Strength & Conditioning

The club is striving hard to mirror the professionalism of the modern game. There is a healthy gym culture amongst the keener members of the club and the university gym has undergone drastic refurbishment, so there is now a much wider variety of facilities for players to use. This year we will be looking to increase the recovery, mobility, and resistance to injury of our players, and more support is given to players about diet, the right and wrong things to eat, the right times to eat, hydration, and so on. We are sure that this dedication off the field will turn itself into wins on match-day.


No University sports team is complete without a Varsity event. We pride ourselves on how seriously we take ours with rivals from down the road and in the northwest. The main Varsity of the year is undoubtedly against JMU. After a full day of sporting fixtures, from climbing to hockey, the last fixture is Rugby Union game which attracts a big crowd. This year we defeated John Moores in Varsity and will be looking to replicate this next year.

Finally, similar to Varsity there is the famous Christie Championships. 18/19 saw us host the Championships, the tournament brings Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds universities together in a day of sport. After 27 years we won the Championships, with a Rugby win contributing to the overall result. 


The social side of LURFC is also taken very seriously! We have weekly socials, monthly Athletic Union nights (fancy dress where all the other Uni sports teams are also out), not to mention special events throughout the year (including a Christmas party, Gents Evening and Charity shop fancy dress - which raises hundreds of pounds for charity each time). We will be hosting several events to help raise money for charity throughout the year.

The bond we make as a club off the field is seen as highly important, and regardless of age or rugby ability, we are all friends first and foremost. With a bursting social calendar, we guarantee your best nights out at Uni WILL be with LURFC!

The benefit of the players’ commitment is beginning to show through already, as other sportsmen are becoming attracted to the ethos of the club.  Take your sports seriously, work hard and take pride in what you do on the field. Remember that all work and no play makes for a very boring degree!

Information for those looking to join in September 2018

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

There are also preseason training weeks organised from

September 3rd-17th consisting of both field and gym sessions, which, again, we recommend to those looking to play 2nd team or higher, but of course all are welcome.

You will be accommodated during this period in a senior’s house and you will have an excellent opportunity to meet some of your future teammates and gain a comprehensive understanding of the rugby at the University - they all want you to join. For aiding us at the club during the trial process and for the start of the season selection issues, please complete the ‘Rugby CV‌’ and either email the completed version to our President Oliver, Or alternatively, bring it along completed to your first training session. Please note that your ‘rugby reference’ should be either your school or club coach.

If you have any questions about joining the club or attending preseason please do not hesitate to contact us.