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Rugby Union


Leeds Beckett University Rugby Union club offers elite level pathways for players looking to compete at a high standard as well as study and get a degree. The club has a strong programme with six clubs available, including our BUCS Super Rugby team.

Our programme accepts players of all abilities, from players who love to play rugby to elite level competitors.

All of our players receive encouragement and support through our dedicated coaching and support staff and the programme prides itself on creating a ‘one club’ culture that unites players across all of our teams.

Our teams compete within the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sports) leagues from September to May and during the off-season we also compete in other competitions, including the BUCS Sevens competition.

Player Spotlight

James Gulliver varsity player card - Rugby Union 
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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.

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  • 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
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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.


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.

Why Should I Join?

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.

Player Spotlight

Amy Keyte varsity player card - Rugby Union 
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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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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