RUGBY PROGRAMME MANAGER & HEAD COACH
Leeds Beckett Rugby Programme Manager Kerry Wood has been with the university since 2016, working with Director of Rugby Colin Stephens. Kerry, along with Colin, oversees the rugby pathway at Leeds Beckett and is the head coach of the BUCS Super Rugby team. The pair, along with their coaching support staff, guide the players’ development in the programme, from the BUCS Super Rugby team to the emerging squads.
"My mindset on life is Kia Kaha Mauria te pono which means stand strong, be strong, believe in yourself."
The New Zealand native moved to the UK 14 years ago and has coached for the last 13 years, of which he spent five years as a player coach, and he is also a qualified joiner.
TITANS OF BUCS SUPER RUGBY
Leeds Beckett University Rugby Union club offers elite level pathways if you're looking to compete at a high standard as well as study and get your degree. We have a strong programme with six clubs available, including our BUCS Super Rugby team.
Leeds Beckett has been part of the BUCS Super Rugby programme since the competition first launched in 2016. BUCS Super Rugby is the top competition for university rugby in the United Kingdom and includes the ten top university rugby teams in the country.
Next season we will be looking to improve on a stellar 2018/19 campaign which saw our team reach the BUCS Super Rugby final at Twickenham, finish fourth, become the first team to secure an 11 game unbeaten run in the competition, and be crowned BUCS Sevens Champions.
2018/19 beating rivals Hartbury
BUCS rugby champions 2015/16 season
Leeds Beckett University has been part of the BUCS Super Rugby programme since the competition first launched in 2016.
BUCS Super Rugby is the top competition for university rugby in the United Kingdom and includes the ten top university rugby teams in the country.
Next season Leeds Beckett will be hoping to improve on a stellar 2018/2019 campaign which saw the team reach the BUCS Super Rugby final at Twickenham, finish fourth, become the first team to secure an 11 game unbeaten run in the competition and were also crowned BUCS Sevens Champions.
The BUCS Super Rugby squad benefit from dedicated coaching staff as well as full time medical and strength & conditioning staff to help with player development.
Players will get exclusive access to the rugby staff as well as dedicated training sessions, on the field and in the gym, video review sessions and other activities that you would expect from a professional rugby club.
- BUCS Super Rugby finalists - vs Hartpury at Twickenham
- BUCS Super Rugby - league table - 4th
- BUCS Super Rugby - Longest ever unbeaten streak - 11 games unbeaten
- BUCS Super Rugby - quarter finalists
- BUCS Super Rugby - league table - 4th
As well as the BUCS Super Rugby programme, the club has five teams dedicated for the development of players of all abilities.
All teams compete in the BUCS leagues and compete against rival countries across the United Kingdom.
Our teams benefit from training sessions with our dedicated coaches and coaching scholar students, match days plus lots of social opportunities with the rest of the club away from the rugby.
The amount of training sessions our players have depends on the ability of players, our Super Rugby team train most days of the week, including weekends, while some of our development squads will have one training session a week plus match day.
BE PART OF ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING SPORTS
Leeds Beckett women's rugby is a fun way to get fit, makes friends and get involved in a new sport even if you’ve never played before. From complete beginners to experienced players everyone is welcome.
Women's rugby is one of the fastest growing sports, by joining our team you will make friends for life, have endless laughs and play a fun and exciting sport. Although competing in BUCS fixtures is a key aspect of our club, rugby is also a very social sport, by joining you can be a part of this. With weekly fancy dress, nights out and formal events many say the boost in your social life is one of the best university aspects.
JOIN THE RUGBY TEAM
How to get involved
Whether you’re new to the sport or have perfected your craft you’ll find yourself right at home within the Rugby Team. Preferably you’ll have some experience within a team / sporting setting but with lots of teams at all levels we don’t exclude those who want to try something new or develop themselves through physical activity.
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MEET OUR TEAM
DIRECTOR OF RUGBY UNION
Leeds Beckett Director of Rugby Colin Stephens has been part of the programme at the university since 2005 and oversaw the team’s victory in 2015 in the BUCS Rugby Championship final. Colin and Rugby Programme Manager Kerry Wood have worked hard to grow the BUCS Super Rugby programme at LBU, which continues to grow from strength to strength each season.
"The work with the university is fantastically rewarding. The standard is good and it is huge to see players develop during their time with us."
During his playing days, Colin was a professional fly half for Llanelli, Leeds Tykes and was selected to play for Wales. One of his career highs came in 1992, where he made his debut for Wales and was man-of-the-match in Scarlets’ historical 13-9 win over then world-champions Australia, a game which saw him kick two crucial drop goals.