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Rugby Union (Men's)

Durham University Rugby Club is supported by and Money Gate. 

 Club Captain: Harry Thompson 

Durham has a great reputation for University Rugby and being part of it is an unforgettable and fantastic experience. Currently Durham University are the Premier Rugby team in the country holding the following titles:

• BUCS Premiership Champions
• BUCS National Cup Champions
• BUCS National Sevens Champions
• BUCS Northern Conference Champions
• Durham County Champions (2nd XV)

Some of our famous rugby graduates include:
Will Greenwood (Leicester, Harlequins and England – World Cup Winner)
Will Carling (Harlequins and England’s youngest Captain)
Charlie Hodgson (Saracens and England)
Our current programme includes many age group international players and Premiership Academy players.



Welcome to Durham University Rugby Union Football Club

Success in elite sport – within an academic environment

Durham University Rugby Football Club is one of the oldest sporting clubs in the University, dating back to the foundation of the University in 1832, and has a proud tradition, with many successes in the UAU and BUSA competitions.Many international players have come through DURFC including England captains Phil de Glanville and Will Carling to name but a few.


Since their separation from Newcastle in 1967, 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 field four competitive teams ranging from our 1st Xv which competes in the BUCS Premier Division to the Freshers team – an integral part of the club, which plays Saturday fixtures throughout the season. Our freshers team has produced 3 Student Internationals in the last Three Seasons – so we are enthusiastic about the standard of rugby at Durham. In order that we find the right team for you, we hold trials at the beginning of each season.



Durham 1st XV BUCS National Champions 2010/11

Congratulations to the Durham 1st XV who beat UWIC in the BUCS Championship final at Twickenham!   Final Score 25 Vs 23.


Final League Standings and Hounours 2010/2011 


  • 1st VX - BUCS League and Knock-out Champions
  • Beating UWIC 25-23 at Twickenham to finish the season with 21 wins from 21
  • 2nd XV - 2nd and Durham Cup Champions
  • Beating Darlington Mowden Park 25-10 to win the Durham Cup
  • 3rd XV - 2nd and BUCS Conference Champions
  • Beating UCLAN 14-6 to win the BUCS Trophy
  • Freshers XV Unbeaten and Durham Cup Finals
  • 1st VII - BUCS 7s Champions
  • Beating UWIC 29-27 in the final at Preston




  • Josh Beaumont - Barbarians 
  • Josh Beaumont - England Counties U20s
  • Duncan Finnie - Scotland U20s




““If I had to give something back in a Faustian Pact to ensure immortality and I had to choose between returning my world cup medal or having my memory of 3 years deleted from existence, there is no contest. The medal is in the post. The 3 greatest years of my life were spent on a rugby field at Durham university.””

Will Greenwood MBE, Hatfield 1991-1994, Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, England (55), World Cup Medal Winner, British and Irish Lions (2)

“"I think it is safe to say that I was at my peak whilst at Durham, that peak being able to play rugby and drink. I was never quite in the same league once I left.
On a slightly more serious note, being a small part of the winning UAU team at Twickenham is still one of my favourite memories, as was the following night / nights!
DURFC also allowed me to meet one of the best rugby men that I know, Ted Wood. What he has done quietly for so many years, least of all for myself, is incomparable."”

Will Carling OBE, Hatfield 1986-1989, Harlequins, England 72 (59 as Captain)

“"My days tearing around the terrain of the sacred Hollow Drift have to sit right up there as one of the fondest memories of my rugby career. The spirit that is embedded within Durham University is the pure ethos of rugby itself and is the very reason why I still play this great game. Cut me open and I bleed the Palatinate purple. It is very foundations of my rugby existence and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Thank you DURFC."”

Ollie Phillips 2001-200, Newcastle Falcons, Stade Francais, England 7s