Teams and training times

A wide range of student teams

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The University of Bath’s rugby programme consists of several full XV rugby teams catering for various levels of ability:

  • 1st XV – BUCS Super Rugby
  • 2nd XV – BUCS Premier South B, Bath Combination Cup, Somerset Cup
  • 3rd XV – BUCS Southern Conference 2A, Bath Combination Cup, Somerset Cup
  • 4th XV – BUCS Southern Conference 2A
  • 5th XV – Local South West league
  • 6th XV – Local South West league
  • Women’s XV – BUCS Western 2B
  • Three freshers’ XV teams – South West University Freshers’ League
  • Rugby league XV – BUCS Western 1A League

The rugby set-up also includes the following teams:

  • Multiple touch rugby teams – University Touch Series
  • Multiple rugby sevens teams
  • A selection of social sides

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New students applying to the University of Bath

Individuals wishing to study at the University of Bath who are looking to get involved in playing in any of the above teams can download our recruitment form [PDF], fill in the relevant information and return it by email to Director of Rugby Aaron James on

For more information about our touch rugby programme, email Will Serocold on or

Local rugby clubs

The University of Bath is proud to have strong connections with many of the local rugby clubs found in Bath and its nearby regions.

For a comprehensive list of clubs found in the area, see our document below:

Bath regional rugby clubs [PDF]

Training times

The following represents a typical week in season for students selected for men’s and women’s teams (training times may vary depending on match fixtures):


AM: Backs and forwards skills training (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams)

PM: Women’s whole-team training


AM: Team runs (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams)/women’s captain run-throughs


Afternoon: BUCS matches/women’s matches/local matches/freshers’ training


All day: Rest and recovery (teams who played Wednesday)/fresher’s training


AM: Conditioning, skills & training games (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams)

PM: Women’s whole-team training


Occasional matches


Occasional training (1st and 2nd teams)/fresher’s tournaments

Additional sessions

Additional skill sessions are assigned to a variety of teams.

A level of strength and conditioning and physiotherapy clinics are provided for players in the first and second teams and may vary based on student timetables and training work load.

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