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Rugby - men

Rugby - Men

Hello and welcome to our student union webpage, here you can find a basic summary of the information about us as a club. To get a better idea and feeling for what the club is really like and to get all relevant real time information and updates, please like and follow us on our social media channels. We as a club rely heavily on Facebook as a method of communication so we would encourage all members to be signed up and active to the site.

Training start and end dates - 

Term 1

Monday 30th September 2019- Friday 13th December 2019

Term 2

Monday 27th January 2020- Friday 20th March 2020


The Club

Only a few years ago, Sussex didn't have a rugby club. In the time since, we have grown to become the biggest society - sport or otherwise - at the entire university. We have been recognised at the Universities Sports and Societies Awards as the Club of the Year for an outstanding 4 years running (from 2016 to 2019). We now boast 3 full official squads competing in BUCS Leagues, as well as the planned introduction of the 4thteam which would compete in a Merit League as of the 2019/20 season:


  • 1stXV- Southeast 1A
  • 2ndXV- Southeast 3A
  • 3rdXV- Southeast 5A


  • 4thTeam- South East Merit League


We consist of players of all abilities from International standard players to complete first timers, and it is balance that has brought the best out of each and every one of our members.


The 2019/20 season will mark first full season training on our new state of the art 4G pitch, which will be a huge benefit to our match preparation. We as a club train twice a week with additional S&C sessions to supplement this:


  • Training- Monday (5pm-7pm), Friday (6.30pm-8.30pm)
  • Strength and Conditioning- Monday (8am-9am), Thursday (5.30pm-6.30pm)


Taster and trial sessions will take place in freshers’ week. Details be posted on our social media pages closer to September, hence it is important to follow us if you intend to attend these sessions and give yourself the best chance of being noticed for selection at the beginning of the year.


Our charitable endeavours are central to the spirit of our club and the charity for which we raise money - the RFU Injured Players Foundation - is one extremely close to our hearts given its commitment to helping those who have been injured playing the game we love. We have raised a staggering £35,000 in the past 4 years alone, through multiple events and activities that all are encouraged to participate in. It is of incredible importance to us as a club that we continue to set our stool out as the leading society with regard to our fundraising efforts year on year and thus, whilst it is not a requirement to have had any rugby playing experience to join us, we expect all members to do as much as they can to help our charitable efforts throughout the year. 


The social interactions we make with our fellow teammates off the pitch lay the foundations for the unity and cohesion we display on it. Every Wednesday night we all scrub up in our wackiest fancy dress, ever more ridiculous than the week before, and hit the town together after whatever bruising encounter we may have faced earlier that day. Although match performance is paramount, social performance on a Wednesday can propel a club member from a squad player to legend status.


Big dates in the social calendar include; our Christmas social, our annual club dinner and our yearly tour to Croatia. Details again will be made available through our Social Sec William (Guinea Pig) Haynes via social media platforms.

Welfare and Inclusivity Rep

Our Rugby club takes the wellbeing of our members very seriously. Our welfare and inclusivity rep is Ciaran "Slider" McCarthy, who was our former 3rd XV captain. He's incredibly approachable and is very happy to answer any questions you may have about the club, or just lend an ear if something is worrying and bothering you. However, as a club we pride ourselves on our inclusive nature; any member of committee (or any member of the club for that matter), would be happy to answer any questions and provide help and support wherever possible.

Committee 2019/2020

The committee members for the year are as follows:

?Feel free to contact any of us through Email/ Phone/ Facebook for any questions you might have.


Other useful contacts

Activities Officer - Becky Doran

Email: activities@sussexstudent.com
Office: Activities Centre, 1st floor, Falmer House

Sports Administrators - Victoria & Michael

Email: sport@sussexstudent.com
Phone: 01273 873415
Office: Activities Centre, 1st Floor, Falmer House

Sports Coordinator - Clara Opper

Email: clara.o@sussexstudent.com
Phone: 01273 678625
Office: Activities Centre, 1st floor, Falmer House

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