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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 can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under the name/handle @SussexMensRugby. 

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 three years running (2016/17/18). We are the gold standard of what it means to be a sports team at Sussex, now having 3 full official squads competing in BUCS Leagues; our 1st XV narrowly missing out on promotion to Prem B last season will be again competing in Southern 1A this season; our 2nd XV will now be playing their rugby in Southern 4A having gained back-to-back-to-back promotions with a double League and Cup win along the way and our 3rd XV will be playing their 3rd ever competitive BUCS season looking to gain promotion from Southern 6A. Things on the pitch are as good as they've ever been; last season we boasted 2 internationally capped players in Benji Preclik (Austria) and Axel Kalling-Smith (Sweden) . All three teams will be looking for fresh blood to build on the success of recent years.

Training Times

We train as a club twice a week on Mondays and Fridays with BUCS matchdays played on Wednesdays. Provisional training times are currently 7-9pm on Mondays and 5-7pm on Fridays up at the Falmer Sports Complex but details of taster and trial sessions will 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.


We pride ourselves on our openness and inclusivity towards everyone that expresses an interest in joining regardless of ability. Even if you've never played a game of rugby in your life, we want to hear from you if you're interested in joining or want to give it a go. Performances on the pitch are all well and good and the glory associated with running in tries in infront of a home crowd is richly deserved should you be graced with such ability. However, some of the greatest performances that will live in the memory of the club happen not just on the pitch, but in Pryzm on a Wednesday night. Every Wednesday, , we come together, dressed like idiots to have a jolly good time. Some of the biggest names at the club forged their reputations in the twighlight hours of Wednesday nights and whilst its nice to be a star player on the pitch, it is by no means a requirement to be a meaningful member of the club and there is no clearer demonstration of this than at one of our socials.
Big dates in the social calendar include; the first social of the year (always the biggest nominally), Christmas social, Sports and Society Awards, our Annual Dinner held at the Grand Hotel, and of course an event that needs no introduction - Varsity. Details again will be made available through social media platforms.


Our charitable endeavors 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 a recent club member is a recipient of the great work they do after a tragic injury playing the game we love. We have raised over £23,000 in the past 3 years alone and we as a club put on events other clubs and societies can only aspire to replicate. 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. 

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 doubles up as our atheletic 3rd XV captain and leader 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 2018/2019

The committee members for the year are as follows;
  • Club President - Max Ross
  • Vice-President - Charlie Caddle
  • 1st XV Captain - Ricky Gill
  • 2nd XV Captain - Stephen Turtle
  • 3rd XV Captain - Ciaran McCarthy
  • Social Sec - Joe Percy

Feel free to contact any of us through Facebook for any questions you might have.


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Activities Officer - Becky Doran

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

Sports Development Manager - Sarah Hall

Email: sarah.h@sussexstudent.com
Phone: 01273 877322
Office: Activities Centre, 1st floor, Falmer House

Sports Assistant - Kira Couzens

Email: kira.c@sussexstudent.com
Phone: 01273 873387
Office: Activities Centre, 1st floor, Falmer House

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