Northumbria University is the leading University for Rugby League holding the current title of BUCS Championship winners for 2017-2018.

Northumbria’s Head of Rugby League, and also Newcastle Thunder’s Head Coach, Jason Payne leads the programme. With student athlete development the primary focus, players benefit from this strong partnership between University and Club rugby that offers student Rugby League players the support needed to develop and progress through this direct pathway into a professional game.

With a centrally based campus in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, a home ground of Kingston Park stadium and a direct partnership with professional club Newcastle Thunder, the Northumbria Rugby League programme provides students a high quality unique experience on and off the pitch which is second to none.

Check out the fixtures page for the upcoming games. For Scholarship information visit our Scholarships page.

M1 Rugby League

The first team play in the Premier North BUCS League. The team finished 2nd in their league last year and are hoping to go one better in the 2018/19 season. 

Club Structure

Coach: Jason Payne
Captain: Liam McAvoy
President: Joe Fish

Recent Success

1st Place BUCS Rugby League 2017-2018 Championship
1st Place BUCS Rugby League 2016-2017 Premier North

M2 Rugby League

The men's second team play in the Northern 1A BUCS League. The team won their league last year and are hoping for a repeat this year.

Club Structure

Captain: Fletcher Gates
President: Joe Fish

Recent Success

1st Place BUCS Rugby League 2017-2018 Northern 1A
1st Place BUCS Rugby League 2015-2016 Northern Conference Cup


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