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 three years and will be looking to repeat this again this coming season!

Rugby League currently compete in the highest possible leagues in BUCS over two 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.

Getting involved

Rugby League is one of our ‘BUCS WEEKLY’ clubs. 

Once you’ve been selected into one of our teams you’ll need to pay to join the club.

For more information on getting involved please contact our Club President or Head Coach.


Club Costs

Teams that compete in BUCS will have training, travel and use of playing kit included in their membership fee. Please see below membership costs split per semester:

Semester 1

  • Rugby League 1st Team  | £100.00
  • Rugby League 2nd Team | £70.00

Semester 2

  • Rugby League 1st Team  | £TBC
  • Rugby League 2nd Team | £TBC

Looking to purchase your membership now? Please follow the link below and complete all fields required:

Training Times & Venues

Rugby League training takes place at various sites including Sport Central, Druid Park & Kingston Park:

Monday - 20:00-22:00 Druid Park M1/M2
Friday - 07:00-08:45 Upper Hall M1/M2
Friday - 07:00-09:00 Druid Park x10 M1/M2

Key Contacts

Head Coach (1st Team): Jason Payne 

Head Coach (2nd Team): Nathan Gaughan 

Club President: Jed Charlton

Club Captain (1st team): Jake Lightowler

Club Captain (2nd team): Evan Barker