Rugby - men
In the 2016/17 season the 1st XV were deservingly promoted to South Eastern 1A, the highest level in the university’s history, after comprehensively winning their league. Thanks to great strength in depth and experienced management from new head coach Spencer Lochhead. The SU have been fantastic in supporting them in their ambitions not just to survive in the top league, but thrive.
The 2nd XV too had a fantastic season, comprehensively winning their league moving into South Eastern 5A, thanks to a strong togetherness within the squad and the fresh input of new coach Harrison Short. The quality of this 2nd XV was reflected in many players featuring in the 1st XV thought-out the season. The 2017/18 season is an exciting prospect as they look to win consecutive promotions.
The new 3rd XV entered into their first official BUCS league in 2016/17 under new coach Tom Foy, a huge milestone for the club and testament to how much it has grown. In a strong league, containing two high ranked disbanded teams, the 3rds finished in 3rd place laying a strong foundation for the season to come.
The 2016/17 season was the most successful in Sussex rugby’s history with 3 teams competing in BUCS leagues and two promotions. Sussex University Men’s Rugby club has an ambitious ethos and is keen to develop potential players within the three teams. Whether you are an experienced rugby player or you are a newcomer to the game Sussex Rugby offers a welcoming, friendly and competitive environment. Off the pitch the club has strong ties with charitable organisations and stages multiple fundraising events throughout the year. This effort saw them awarded club of the year at the 2016/17 student awards.
We train as a club twice a week on Mondays and Fridays 7-9pm on both 3G and grass pitches, the 3rd XV will also train on Sunday afternoons (times to be confirmed). BUCS league matches are played on Wednesdays.
These training sessions are absolutely mandatory for those wishing to be involved in the Wednesday matches, however Sunday sessions will also welcome new comers.
Sussex Men's Rugby prides itself on its team spirit and the integration of all the players regardless of ability. Our socials reflect this ethos and each Wednesday night all players don their best fancy dress and head out to Brighton for the highlight of student nightlife.
Social high points of the year include weekly themed socials, Christmas Dinner, Sports Ball and Varsity Day.