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Rugby Union

Leeds Beckett University’s Rugby Union club boasts six British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) teams including five men’s and one women’s club. The Men's Club currently hold a Silver Club Mark whilst the women have secured a Bronze Club Mark.

The men’s first team compete in the BUCS Super Rugby league against the top ten universities in the UK.

Our programme allows talented players to hone their skills - with over 30 athletes signing professional contracts with clubs in the RFU National League structure in recent years.

All of our players are encouraged to strive to be better and play at the highest standard possible - with a clear pathway to the first team for any of our players

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

During the summer months/off-season our teams compete in a variety of 7s competitions as part of Leeds Beckett RFC.

In 2014-15 our men’s first team won the BUCS Rugby Union Championship Cup with a thrilling 31-23 win over Loughborough at Twickenham.

Leeds Beckett has enjoyed a successful partnership with RFU Championship club Yorkshire Carnegie over the last decade.

There have been many Beckett players go on to represent Carnegie throughout that time - as part of the club’s academy – with over five players making first team appearances for Yorkshire Carnegie last season.

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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.

In 1992 Colin was the outside half for Llanelli in their stunning 13-9 victory over Australia, scoring two drop goals in the process – and won four Test caps for Wales the same year

Colin also represented the Barbarians before moving up north to play for Leeds Carnegie, Sedgley Park, Huddersfield and finally Morley RFC.

He has also previously worked as a kicking coach at Yorkshire Carnegie and Warrington Wolves.

Kerry Wood – Rugby Programme Manager

Rugby Programme Manager Kerry Wood

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

Kerry 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. 

For more information about playing rugby union at Leeds Beckett contact Colin by email c.stephens@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or Kerry by email K.N.Wood@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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We understand that to help breed success our players need the best training programmes available and as part of Leeds Beckett RFC all of our players experience the best coaching and training programmes.

First team players train like professional athletes, with different training sessions available five days a week including:

  • Performance coaching
  • Strength & conditioning sessions with Yorkshire Carnegie coaches
  • Analysis – video review and team reviews
  • Physiotherapy – fully qualified physiotherapists and medical staff available from Yorkshire Carnegie

Players outside of the first team also experience training programmes to suit the teams needs with the second men’s team and women’s team training regularly each week and teams across the men’s third’s to fifth’s also being coached from Beckett’s coaching staff.

Through our partnership with Yorkshire Carnegie, our first team play all of their home games at Emerald Headingley Stadium, whilst our other five teams play on our Headingley Campus rugby fields next to our sports centre.

Headingley Campus facilities:

  • New and improved gym
  • Strength & conditioning suite
  • Swimming pool
  • Squash courts
  • Dedicated sports halls and arena
  • Athletics track
  • Soccer pitches
  • Rugby pitches
  • 3G pitches
  • All-weather pitches
  • Les Mills Fitness Classes

City Campus

  • Gym
  • Fitness suite
  • Fitness classes
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Beckett's BUCS Super Rugby team are provided with fully qualified strength & conditioning coaches as well as medical staff from Yorkshire Carnegie. All senior players are able to receive treatment from the team including physiotheraphy, massages and more as part of the injury clinic.

Leeds Beckett University also has a free Injury Clinic at our Headingley Campus - giving students the experience they need for massage and injury treatment under supervision from qualified staff (only available during term times) 

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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, with weekly fixtures, training and socials there are opportunities to interest all players. We compete in the BUCS Northern 1A, as well as the BUCS trophy (both 7s and 15s) and reached the semi-finals of both competitions in 2018.

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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.

Plus Icon Any equipment or kit required/is equipment supplied?

Need sports gear and a pair of trainers or football/rugby boots, if selected for to play in fixtures a gum shield will be required.

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Plus Icon How do I get involved?

Contact the club using the above details to arrange a FREE taster session.

There is also opportunities to take part in Touch Rugby session as part of our Social Sport Programme.


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Notable alumni:

  • Emily Scarratt England women's 15s and 7s player (2014 world cup winner, 2017 runners up, Rio Olympics )

Plus points

  • High quality indoor and outdoor facilities
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