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Rugby Union

The Intramural Rugby Union programme at Newcastle is one of the largest of its kind in University Sport.

Where and when

The season runs from October to June. All fixtures are played midweek, mainly on Wednesdays from 14:00 onwards, with one Tuesday evening game per week at our city pitches at Cochrane Park and Heaton.

League and cup competition format

Each team plays each other once in a league format before the league splits in two to form the Championship and Plate with teams playing each other once more in their qualified league to crown the overall league champions.

A cup competition runs alongside the league campaign, as well as a 10s tournament as a curtain raiser to the league and 7s tournament to conclude the season. This gives your team extra opportunities to claim some silverware and an intramural title.

At the end of the season, league, cup, 10s and 7s champions come away with a shiny crystal trophy and winners medals, as well as a place in Intramural history.

Northumberland Rugby Football Union 

At Newcastle University we have a strong partnership with Northumberland Rugby Football Union. All teams are affiliated to NRFU with qualified referees assigned to every game. If you are interested in becoming a referee please contact us for more information.

Looking to join a team?

Teams will run pre-seasons, open training sessions and trials in Freshers Week and early October- all new players looking for a team should contact the captains directly via the contacts tab listed below. It is still possible to join a team once the season has started, you should contact the captain to discuss if a team has space for additional players.

Find out more

For more information on Rugby Union, contact:

Tom Brearley, Intramural Sport Officer

Telephone: 0191 208 8548




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