Rugby League at Northumbria is headed up by Jason Payne and is one of our most successful teams in recent years. The club itself have held the National Championship title for the last five years and will be looking to repeat this again this coming season!

Rugby League currently compete in the highest possible leagues in BUCS over three teams and are constantly looking for new players to join the ranks. The club are hardworking, ambitious and constantly looking to improve as a squad and as individual players. The club has very close links with Newcastle Thunder and Gateshead Storm.

The club has a large social aspect and an emphasis on fun during training sessions, allowing newcomers to not only learn the rules of the game but also easily integrate with current squad members and settle in with ease. Moreover, the relative size of the club allows a heightened level of inclusivity between its members, as all of the squad are able to train together leading to a feeling of family amongst all involved.

As well as weekly fixtures for both squads, they also compete in a Rugby League 9’s competitions hosted by BUCS throughout the year.

This club offers the following membership options:



"TRAIN" (Women Only)

Club Costs:

"PERFORM" 23/24 Membership - Focus Sport Scholarships are approved on an application basis (See "Student Athletes" tab for more information)

"COMPETE" 23/24 Membership - £225 M2, £200 M3

"TRAIN" 23/24 Membership - Free 

For those interested in competing in BUCS you should attend a squad selection session, should you be successful you will be given a link to access a page to purchase the relevent membership for your selected team. 

Training Times & Venues

Venue: Coach Lane/Sport Central/Druid Park



Monday 20:00 - 22:00 (Druid Park)

Friday 07:00 - 09:00 (Coach Lane)


Tuesday 20:00 - 22:00 (Coach Lane)

TASTER SESSION M2&M3  (Contact club before session)

Monday 15th January 20:00-22:00



Tuesday 19:00 - 20:00

Training Dates

Semester 1 w/c: 02.10.2023 - 11.12.2023

Semester 2 w/c: 08.01.2024 - 18.03.2024

Semester 3 w/c: 15.04.2024 - 29.04.2024

Key Contacts

Head Coach: Jason Payne 

Club President: Ben Morris


The Rugby League club is supported by Northumbria Sport's Club Development Officer Amy Hargrave.