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 2019-20 season. Our 1st XV will once again be competing in the top division for Rugby (BUCS Super Rugby) and will compete against the top 9 sides in the country for Rugby. These include the likes of Durham, Loughborough, Exeter, Hartpury etc. The league and 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 for the past two seasons and has recently signed a new deal!

The Women compete in BUCS across two teams. The Women’s 1st XV will begin their first campaign of the new BUCS season in a newly formed league comprising of the six best teams from up and down the country providing the best possible standard of university rugby. The 2nd XV will be a more inclusive and open group who enjoy playing rugby but not necessarily to the highest standard. Both teams will still 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.


Training Times & Venues

Rugby Union training takes place at various sites including Sport Central, Coach Lane Rugby, Whitley Bay Rockcliffe & Kingston Park. 

Outdoor Club Activity is restarting at Northumbria w/c 19th April. This will be in line with Government and University guidance and may be subject to change. All FREE sessions will be bookable via the Northumbria Sport App or Website. Please see the days and times below -


Monday - 17:00-18:30 Coach Lane Grass (INVITE ONLY)

Thursday - 17:00-18:30 Coach Lane Grass (BOOKABLE)

Thursday - 18:45-20:15 Coach Lane Grass (BOOKABLE)

Friday - 17:00-18:30 Coach Lane Grass (INVITE ONLY)


Monday - 18:45-20:15 Coach Lane Grass (BOOKABLE)

Friday - 18:45-20:15 Coach Lane Grass (BOOKABLE)

Key Contacts


Men’s Head Coach: Jon Benson 

Club President: Hamish White


Club President: Miriam Church 

Social Media

Instagram: northumbriamru

Instagram: northumbriawr

Twitter: NorthumbriaMRU

Twitter: @TNWomensRugby