Rugby Union at Northumbria is another one of our biggest clubs with seven teams competing in both Men’s & Women’s competitions. The Men are headed up by Joe Cain and will be represented by five teams in the 2022-23 season. The men’s first team form part of the BUCS Premier North 2, 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.

This club offers the following membership options:




Big Week Of Sport Information

We will be running the following 'taster' and 'squad selection' sessions for Rugby Union, following on from our Sports Fair on Wednesday 27th September. Please note that these sessions are free to attend, aimed to let you try the sport before committing to a membership, or to attend a selection for one of our BUCS teams: 

Rugby Union Men Squad Selection 1 Sunday 1st October 09:00-10:30 Coach Lane Pitch 3
Rugby Union Men Squad Selection 2 Sunday 1st October 10:30-12:00 Coach Lane Pitch 3
Rugby Union Men Selection overspill / debrief Sunday 1st October 12:00-13:00 Coach Lane Pitch 3


Rugby Union Women Taster Monday 2nd October 20:00-21:30 Coach Lane Pitch 3
Rugby Union Women Squad Selection Friday 6th October 17:00-18:30 Coach Lane Pitch 3


Club Cost: 

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

"COMPETE" 23/24 Membership M2, W2 - £200

"COMPETE" 23/24 Membership M3, M4, M5 - £175

"TRAIN" 23/24 Membership - £75

For those interested in competing in BUCS you should attend a trial 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



Monday 18:30 - 20:00 

Tuesday 08:00 - 09:00 

Friday 18:30 - 20:00


Monday 20:00 - 21:30

Friday 17:00 - 18:30



Monday 18:30 - 20:00

Friday 18:30 - 20:00


Monday 17:00 - 18:30

Friday 20:00 - 21:30


Tuesday 17:00 - 19:00

Saturday 10:00 - 11:30


Monday 20:00 - 21:30

Friday 17:00 - 18:30



Tuesday 17:00 - 19:00

Saturday 11:30 - 13:00

Training Dates

Semeter 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: Joe Cain

Men's Club President: Harry Cain

Women's Club President: Orla McCallion

Social Media

Instagram: northumbriamru

Instagram: northumbriawr

Twitter: NorthumbriaMRU

Twitter: @TNWomensRugby