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Rugby Union (Men's)

Durham University Rugby Club is supported by and PlayerLayer

Head Of Rugby: 
Alex Keay -

President :
Joe Burdis -



Training with the Lions – Cup Finals at Twickenham - Turning Professional and playing for England within 2 years of leaving University (Josh Beaumont – Sale Sharks and England – Geography Honours student 2010-13)

Sounds amazing, but theses are just some of the fantastic experiences Durham University rugby players and teams have enjoyed in very recent years


BUCS Champions: 1951, 1955, 1965, 1969, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 2004, 2011, 2013
BUCS 7s Champions: 2011, 2012

North Prem A: 2011, 2012, 2013

We aim to be the best student club in the country providing a prestigious fixture list, a challenging and enjoyable rugby programme and a club that helps players get rugby experiences that are enhancing in a players life - and memories and friends to enjoy forever whilst encouraging and supporting our players to get the best degree they can get.

Durham University field five competitive teams ranging from our 1st XV which competes in the BUCS Premier Division to the Development team – an integral part of the club, which plays Saturday fixtures throughout the season. Our Development team has produced 3 Student Internationals in the last Three Seasons – so we are enthusiastic about the standard of rugby at Durham.

Thirty-five Durham players have won international honours. In recent times Durham Alumni, Will Greenwood, Tim Stimpson, Duncan Hodge, David Walder and Charlie Hodgson have all represented their countries. Three Durham players have also captained England and five have played for the Lions

Durham University Rugby Club continue to develop more “starting” Premiership players than any other Academic University - Josh Beaumont ( Captain 2012-13) – Sale Sharks and Simon Hammersley ( Captain 2013-14 ) – Newcastle Falcons are now regular players in the Premiership who have very recently gained a degree whilst studying and playing at Durham

'Allowing exceptional people to do exceptional things'

CONTACT: Alex Keay, Head of Rugby e: t:07507 649501