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 2017-18 rugby season, with the 1st 2nd ,3rd and 4th all gaining promotion into the BUCs Northern leagues 1A ,2A, 3A and 5A 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.

The Coaches

2017-18 looks to be yet another excellent season for The University of Liverpool’s Rugby Union. Dave Peet will continue as the 1st XV coach for the sixth year in a row, with his vast rugby playing and coaching experience his impact on the team has been undoubtedly positive.

Dave is joined by a team of coaches who offer a range of support - from the strength and conditioning coaching of Tommy Banks, newly promoted to 2nd coach, to the performance analysis of Ian McKercher. The forward’s coach, Louis McGowan, also helps Dave. McGowan also boasts a wealth of experience - having played for Rotheram, Sedgely Park, and England Counties. A specialist scrum coach will also help us out this year, and add to what is already a very experienced coaching line-up.

 The Captaincy for each team for the 2017-18 season will be as follows:

1st XV: Patrick Atkinson

2nd XV:

3rd XV: David Pearce Wright

4th XV: Dougal Johnson Stewart


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 John Moores. After a full day of sporting fixtures, from climbing to hockey, the last fixture is the Rugby Union game which attracts a big crowd. Consistently attracting such crowds the Varsity is no kickabout. This year we defeated John Moores in the Varsity and will be looking to replicate this next year.

Finally, similar to the Varsity there is the famous Christie Championships. 17/18 sees us host the Championships, the tournament brings Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds universities together in a day of sport. We came second overall in this year's Christie Champs. This year, we will be hosting the event, and hope to put on a strong display on home turf!


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). This year we are working to establish greater ties with the Leon Barwell Foundation, a chariy close tou our hearts, in memory of an ex-Presidents father. We will be hosting several events to help raise money for this 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 club enjoys a good social life which helps the teams bond. 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!

The club does not stick to one country either. LURFC tour is an affordable but very worthwhile trip abroad with a large group of fellow club members to an exotic location to play rugby and be merry.

Information for those looking to join in September 2017

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 (please contact our President Neil Sutherland for this –

There are also preseason training weeks organised from

September 4th- 16th 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 Neil. 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.