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Rugby Union


Leeds Beckett University has six teams - five men’s and one women’s - that compete in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS).

The men’s first team compete in the new BUCS Super Rugby league for the top eight universities in the country.

The Rugby Union programme allows talented players to hone their skills, with more than 20 athletes going on to sign professional contracts with clubs in the RFU National League structure in recent years.

All players are encouraged to strive to be better and play at the highest standard possible, with a clear pathway to the first team.

Equally, the programme prides itself on catering for all standards and enjoys a strong culture that unites players from all teams.

During the summer months, teams also compete in a variety of 7s competitions - an exciting aspect of the programme which will be developed in the coming years.

Leeds Beckett were BUCS Rugby Union champions in 2014/15 after a 31-23 win over Loughborough at Twickenham, which followed a runners-up finish the previous season.


Colin Stephens – Director of Rugby Union

Director of Rugby Union Colin Stephens

Colin has a wealth of playing and coaching experience at the very highest level.

He was the outside half and scored two drop goals when Llanelli beat Australia 13-9 in 1992 and won four Test caps for Wales that year. Colin also played for the Barbarians in a career which latterly took in spells at Leeds Carnegie, Sedgley Park, Huddersfield and Morley RFC.

He has been kicking coach at Leeds Carnegie and Warrington Wolves under head coach Tony Smith and currently coaches Morley RFC.

Kerry Wood – Rugby Programme Manager

New Zealand-born Kerry has an extensive playing and coaching background in both Southern and Northern Hemispheres.

Rugby Programme Manager Kerry WoodKerry played for Randwick U19s and the Southern Districts first grade in Australia and Avalon RFC, Wellington Colts, Wellington Maoris and Wellington 7s in his native New Zealand. 

His vast coaching experience includes time as the University of York Director of Rugby, Hull RUFC head coach, Harrogate RFC head coach, Yorkshire women’s head coach and Yorkshire Carnegie Academy coach.  

Partnerships and pathways

Leeds Beckett University has enjoyed a pioneering partnership with Yorkshire Carnegie Academy since 2007.

Responsible for developing England internationals Tom Palmer, Danny Care, Jordan Crane and Paul Hill, Yorkshire Carnegie Academy provides the best coaching and expertise to develop the next generation of international players.

Leeds Beckett University has seven senior Yorkshire Carnegie Academy players within our 2016/17 BUCS Super Rugby squad.

The partnership sees best practice in education, coaching, medical provision, strength and conditioning and analysis shared, helping us to cement ourselves at the top level of university rugby.


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The University has 4 men's and 1 women's Rugby Union teams, all of which compete in BUCS. The men's 1st XV have been selected to be part of the new National League with 7 other top University teams in the country.

For more information on joining either club please contact Head Coach Colin Stephens at c.stephens@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or 07779 341566.

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