Performance Rugby

If you’re successful in trials, you’ll represent BU at national level in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues and competitions throughout the academic year.

While the BUCS leagues and competitions focus on rugby union, there are also opportunities to play in rugby league (if you’d prefer). This is via our partnerships with two local rugby clubs – Bournemouth Rugby Club and Oakmeadians RFC.

TeamBU Rugby also takes part in the annual Bournemouth 7s festival, the world’s largest sport and musical festival, where social games of rugby are enjoyed by hundreds of players.

Campus Sport Rugby Club

If you're looking for a casual rugby experience, this is the club for you. There are no fitness requirements or previous experience needed, the club is open to all BU and AUB students.

The club also acts as a pathway to the performance teams. Develop your skills in a social and relaxed environment without pressure to attend weekly matches or multiple training sessions a week.

Social touch rugby

Perfect for those who just want the rugby experience without the contact or commitment. No fitness or skill levels required, purely for the social fun of sport. Only £3 per session

Key information


Available to: BU students (male and female). All experience will be considered and you can tell us about it before you arrive at BU.

Training days and times:

(Men's) Mondays, 6pm-7:30pm (Chapel Gate) | Fridays 5pm-6:30pm (Oakmedians Rugby Club, Meyrick Park) 

(Women's) Mondays, 7pm-8:30pm (Chapel Gate) | Fridays 5pm-6:30pm (Oakmedians Rugby Club, Meyrick Park) 

Venue: Oakmedians RFC, Meyrick Park, Bournemouth BH2 6LJ and Chapel Gate

Fixtures: Chapel Gate on Wednesday afternoons during term time

If you’re successful in becoming a member of TeamBU Rugby, you’ll be required to purchase a sport-specific membership.

This membership includes: BUCS affiliation fees, personal sports insurance, weekly coaching and TeamBU transport

Campus Sport Rugby Club

Available to: All BU/AUB students 

Training day and times: Wednesdays 12-1.30pm, the club runs 4 October - 15 May

Venue: Chapel Gate

Cost: £84 for the year or a pro-rata cost if you join mid-year.

Social Touch Rugby:

Available to: All BU/AUB students

Day and times: Thursdays 1-2pm. Sessions run from 21 September - 16 May

Venue: ​Talbot Campus astroturf pitches

Cost: £2 per session

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From Sports Scholarships to TASS support, the High Performance team here at SportBU supports all athletes in the local area to achieve their highest possible sporting potential. For more information, Scholar Stories, and for elite athlete support visit click the link below:

TeamBU: our Performance Sport rugby teams

Our coaches

Richard Major: Richard is the main coach for our men’s team and is Level 2 qualified

Hughton Campbell and Gordon Horsley: both Hughton and Gordon coach our women’s team and are Level 2 qualified.  Hugthon is also the Head Coach for England Universities (South Region) and Team Manager for Jamaica RFU while Gordon is Head Coach for local club, Oakmedians Ladies RFU.

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