Loughborough Students RUFC

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Not to be confused with Loughborough RFC.
Loughborough Students
Loughborough sports logo.png
Full name Loughborough Students Rugby Union Football Club
Union Rugby Football Union
Founded 1919; 95 years ago (1919)
Location Loughborough, England
Ground(s) Loughborough University Stadium (Capacity: 3,000[1])
Director of Rugby Dave Morris
Coach(es) Haydn Coley, George Chuter, Ciaran Beattie, Jim Henry
Captain(s) James Freeman
League(s) National League 1
BUCS Premier North A
2013–14 12th
Team kit
Official website
www.loughboroughsport.com/au-rugby-mens

Loughborough Students Rugby Union Football Club is the rugby club that represents Loughborough University in rugby union competition. Of the British universities, Loughborough has unparalleled success, having won the BUCS championship (in its former guises as the BUSA and UAU championship) on twenty seven occasions. It fields sides in the BUCS league, (inter-university) and in the third tier of the English rugby union system, National League 1. The club has fielded over seventy internationals (male and female), many of whom won caps while playing for the club.

History[edit]

Loughborough Colleges[edit]

The history of the club predates the formation of Loughborough University. The students of Loughborough College formed what is considered the original side in September 1919. Loughborough began competing in the Universities Athletic Union (UAU) in the 1930-31, and the Loughborough Colleges XV beat Nottingham University 8 - 0 in their first match. It was not until 1939 that the Loughborough Colleges reached the UAU final for the first time. The lost in a closely fought match to Swansea, whose win was the sixth in seven seasons.

It was in the post-Second World War period that Loughborough's reputation began to be made. Two future captains of England, Eric Evans and Jeff Butterfield played for the club in this period, as did Ray Williams, the Welsh international who eventually became Secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union. It was no surprise when, in 1953, Loughborough Colleges finally won the UAU for the first time. The club became one of the Midlands leading clubs and in 1959 the won the Middlesex Sevens.[2]

In the sixties an already impressive fixture list was enhanced by John Robins, the coach from 1962. It included Leicester, Gloucester, Rosslyn Park F.C., Moseley and London Irish. John Robins went on to become the first British Lions coach. During his tenure at Loughborough, the UAU was won from 1962 to 1968 with only 1965 eluding the club. John Robins had left Loughborough in 1967, and was replaced by the Scotland and Lions international Jim Greenwood. In 1970 Greenwood coached the Colleges to victory in the Middlesex Sevens, and in the first Twickenham UAU final, the Colleges beat Nottingham University 22 - 3. The 1970 - 71 side included six future internationals, Lewis Dick, David Cooke, Clive Rees, Fran Cotton, Steve Smith, and Dick Cowman. Whilst at Loughborough, Jim Greenwood's pivotal coaching books, "Total Rugby" and "Think Rugby", were penned.[2]

Loughborough University is formed[edit]

In 1976, the Student's Unions of the University of Technology and the Loughborough Colleges merged and thus the Loughborough Students Rugby Club was formed. The team won the UAU in 1977/78/79, with the 1978/79 side captained by the young centre Clive Woodward.

Rex Hazeldine, later England's first fitness coach, replaced Greenwood and is credited with being an integral part of the revolution of attitudes to the game at international level. In 1984 the UAU was won once again, as was the Leicestershire Cup. A touring Australian Universities side was also defeated. In the 1985-86 season a team led by Andy Robinson won through to the third round of the John Player Cup, going out to London Wasps. The same team won the UAU Championships.[2]

Joining the RFU League[edit]

At the inception of the RFU League, the team was offered a place in National 2. They turned this down and thus, in 1996, when the Students did apply to join they had to join at the bottom of the league system. It was soon apparent that the standard of rugby at the university had been left behind by the professional teams in the league and in 1998 a full time Director of Rugby, Ian 'Dosser' Smith, was appointed. Alan Buzza took over from Smith in 2001 and is credited with modernizing the club. League promotions in 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 engendered confidence and the club was further enhanced by the presence of a number of excellent players including Tom Evans Jones, Edward Binham, Justin Abrahams, Andy Vilk, Peter Janes, James Jones and Sam Ulph. As far a British Universities championship win was concerned, however, the drought continued until, under the coach Paul Westgate, back to back wins were achieved in 2005 and 2006. Dave Morris took over as head coach from Westgate and immediately gained League promotion in 2007 to Midlands 1. The next season promotion was achieved to National League 2 North making the team the first student side to take part in the National Leagues. They finished in sixth place and in the same season achieved a win over England U20s.[2]

Club honours[edit]

Current standings[edit]

2014–15 National League 1 Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Ealing Trailfinders 12 12 0 0 466 192 274 9 0 57
2 Rosslyn Park 12 11 0 1 382 221 161 8 1 53
3 Coventry 12 10 0 2 392 263 129 6 2 48
4 Fylde 12 8 1 3 365 257 108 9 2 45
5 Richmond 12 8 0 4 342 287 55 7 1 40
6 Blackheath 12 6 0 6 325 297 28 8 2 34
7 Esher 12 6 0 6 303 283 20 6 3 33
8 Tynedale 12 6 0 6 284 381 –97 3 1 28
9 Blaydon 12 5 0 7 275 291 –16 4 3 27
10 Hartpury College 12 5 0 7 313 319 –6 3 3 26
11 Darlington Mowden Park 12 4 1 7 344 290 54 5 4 22[n 1]
12 Wharfedale 12 4 0 8 231 363 –132 4 1 21
13 Old Albanian 12 4 0 8 235 301 –66 3 1 20
14 Loughborough Students 12 3 0 9 283 306 –23 4 4 20
15 Cinderford 12 2 0 10 210 321 –111 4 3 15
16 Macclesfield 12 1 0 11 142 520 –378 1 0 5
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
  1. ^ Darlington Mowden Park deducted 5 points after selecting an unregistered player on 13 September 2014 against Wharfedale.[3]
Green background is the promotion place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 24 November 2014
Source: "National League 1". NCA Rugby. 


Honours[edit]

Men[edit]

British and Irish Lions[edit]

England[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Scotland[edit]

Wales[edit]

Other[edit]

Women[edit]

England[edit]


Ireland[edit]

Jo O'Sullivan

Wales[edit]

  • Lisa Burgess
  • Amanda Bennett
  • Beinda Trotter
  • Jenna Studley

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Loughborough Students". This Is Rugby. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d History at LSRFC Official site
  3. ^ "DMP drop five points". The RUGBYPaper (317). 12 October 2014. p. 43. 

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