Rugby Union at Northumbria is another one of our biggest clubs with six teams competing in both Men’s & Women’s competitions. The Men are headed up by Jon Benson and will be represented by four teams in the 2022-23 season. The men’s first team form part of the BUCS Premier North, With a home venue of Kingston Park Stadium. The culture set by the club has seen many alumni of the university go on to sign professional contracts with the most notable being Will Muir who has played for England Rugby 7’s.

The Women compete in BUCS across two teams. The women's first team form part of the BUCS Premier North. Both teams will enjoy fixtures week in week out and will have the opportunity to compete in the BUCS 7’s competitions held during May.

Throughout the club, we maintain a culture and attitude which we pride ourselves on. All sides train seriously and professionally numerous times a week and compete on Wednesday afternoons. We welcome anyone and everyone who is keen to work hard and be part of an aspiring, growing and proud rugby club setup.

However, when the final whistles sounds, we ensure that we celebrate and socialise as a collective, enjoying off-field activities with players who competed, those not selected, injured players and those who are simply part of the club to train and enjoy the club environment.

Club Cost: 

Teams that compete in BUCS will have coached training sessions, strength & conditioning, travel and use of playing kit included in their membership fee.

Rugby Union M2: £250

Rugby Union M3 & M4: £200

Rugby Union W2: £200

 For those wanting to compete in BUCS you should attend a trial session, should you be successful you will be given a BUCS card. You should take this to reception to purchase your Rugby Union (BUCS) membership.

Training Times & Venues

Coach Lane/Kingston Park

Rugby Union M1/M2: 

Monday 18:30 - 20:00

Tuesday 17:00 - 17:45

Friday 20:00 - 22:00

Rugby Union M3/M4:

Monday 17:00 - 18:30

Tuesday 17:45 - 18:30


Rugby Union W1/W2:

Monday 20:00 - 21:30

Tuesday 18:30 - 19:30 

Key Contacts

Head Coach: Jon Benson 


Club President: Ben Whinney


Club President: Zoe Hornby

Social Media

Instagram: northumbriamru

Instagram: northumbriawr

Twitter: NorthumbriaMRU

Twitter: @TNWomensRugby

Social Sport 

Northumbria Sport are delighted to have added a Touch Rugby  session every Friday 5-6 to our Social Sport programme. This session is perfect for students who have never played Rugby before or are looking to get back into Rugby. 

All sessions will be bookable via the NUSport App, which can be found on your App store or by clicking here. If you haven't already got an account with us you will need to create one before you can book onto sessions. This can be done by clicking 'Account' within the app or using this link and click 'Sign Up Now'. Follow the process and you will be sent a pin via your email which you can login to our app with. Any questions, come into our centre and our staff will help you, or send us a message using the messenger link or via our Instagram

For more information on the Social Sport Programme Click Here