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.

Available Rugby Union memberships in 2023/24: 

"TRAIN"  Men's & Women's Memberships - £75 

This membership offers regular coached sessions for players wishing to improve their skills and play small sided games on a weekly basis.

Men's - Tuesdays 17:00-19:00, Saturdays 11:00-13:00  Coach Lane 3G

Women's - Fridays 17:00-18:30

Both memberships are still available


Tuesday 16th January 17:00-19:00


“COMPETE”  Men's & Women's Squads available - £200 

This membership offers regular coached sessions and includes opportunities to take part in BUCS fixtures. In additional to our focus 1st PERFORM teams, we also have Men's 2nd-5th squads and a Women's 2nd team entered in to BUCS this year. COMPETE memberships can only be purchased following successful squad selection during our Big Week of Sport. If you are interested in joining any of the COMPETE squads but missed the chance during BWOS you'll need to contact the Head coaches, listed further below.

All sessions delivered on Coach Lane 3G pitches:

Mens 2nd:   Mondays 18:30-20:00, Fridays 18:30-20:00

Mens 3rd/4th:    Mondays 17:00-18:30, Friday 20:00-21:30

Mens 5th:    Tuesdays 17:00-19:00, Saturdays 11:00-13:00

Womens 2nd:    Mondays 20:00-21:30, Fridays 17:00-18:30


“PERFORM”  Our Focus Sport 1st teams.

Perform memberships are determined by the Head Coach of each sport through the Focus Sport Scholarship applications received prior to the season starting. (See Student Athletes tab for more information). All Perform squads are now full for 2023/24 season.    

Men's 1st:  Mondays 18:30-20:00, Tuesdays 08:00-09:00, Fridays 18:30-20:00

Women's 1st:   Mondays 20:00-21:30, Fridays 17:00-18:30


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


The Rugby Union club is supported by Northumbria Sport's Club Development Officer Amy Hargrave.

Social Media

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Twitter: NorthumbriaMRU

Twitter: @TNWomensRugby