The complete rugby programme

The University of Bath Rugby programme, led by Head of Rugby Aaron James, offers a unique opportunity for students to:

  • Compete in BUCS Super Rugby – England and Wales’ top nine rugby-playing universities
  • Train and progress using some of the country’s leading sport facilities
  • Compete in a team suited to any level – from recreational to performance
  • Join some of the biggest names in rugby who have played and studied here

Maximise your playing potential

The University of Bath men's rugby team won the Red Bull 7s for a third year running with a 21-19 victory over Cardiff Met at The Rec in September 2016. MUST CREDIT: Taking Pictures (Sport).The University of Bath’s performance rugby programme allows players to maximise their potential whilst continuing their academic studies.

Our first team compete in the new BUCS Super Rugby competition contested between the top nine rugby-playing universities in England and Wales. In the 2016-17 debut season, we achieved a top-five finish and reached the semi-finals of the BUCS Rugby Championships knock-out competition.

Recent University of Bath successes include winning the Red Bull European University Rugby Sevens competition in 2014 and 2015, and also in 2016 when it was expanded to become a world university sevens tournament.

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Utilise our world class facilities


The University’s £30 million Sports Training Village contains all the components necessary to support rugby squads – all on one campus.

Our facilities include:

  • A high performance gym offered exclusively to athletes on our elite programmes
  • Six dedicated rugby pitches
  • A physiotherapy and sport science centre dedicated to supporting athletes

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A team for everyone


From performance level to casual touch rugby, our programme offers a diverse range of opportunities for rugby players of any standard to get involved.

Our teams include men’s and women’s rugby, touch rugby, rugby league, rugby sevens and intramural teams in addition to our performance set-up which is made up of 10 competitive teams in all formats.

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A legacy of rugby stars

Some of our famous rugby graduates are:

  • Steve Borthwick (Bath Rugby, Saracens, England – Captain)
  • James Hudson (Bath Rugby, London Irish, Newcastle Falcons – Captain, Gloucester Rugby)
  • Luke Charteris (Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons – Captain, USA Perpignan, Racing Metro, Wales, Bath Rugby)
  • Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby, Edinburgh, Worcester, Scotland)
  • Freddie Clarke (University of Bath, GB Sevens, London Scottish)

Rugby contact

Head of Rugby: Aaron James

Book facilities

To book the grass pitches or Sulis Club pitches please email Sarah Stone on or call her on 01225 383690.

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