Sydney University Football Club

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Sydney Uni Football Club
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Full name Sydney University Football Club
Nickname(s) The Students
Founded 1863; 154 years ago (1863)
Location Sydney, Australia
Ground(s) Sydney University Football Ground (No.2 Oval),[1] Sydney University
Coach(es) Tim Davidson
Captain(s) Jake Wainwright
League(s) Shute Shield, NSWSRU
Team kit
Official website

Sydney University Football Club, founded in 1863 (this date was disputed by historian Tom Hickie who argues that it was 1865),[2] is the oldest club now playing rugby union in Australia and is also the oldest rugby club in the world outside the British Isles.[3]

Sydney Uni was a member of the inaugural Sydney club competition in 1874,[citation needed] along with the Balmain Rugby Union Football Club, Newington College and The King's School. The club currently competes in the Shute Shield competition, and has the most senior premiership titles of all Sydney clubs.[citation needed]

After playing home games at the Sydney University Oval No.1 for 153 years, the club switched to Oval No.2 for the 2016 season after building a new training facility and grandstand at that ground accommodating 1200 spectators.[1]

Club information[edit]

  • Juniors Founded: 2005
  • Uniform colors: Blue & Gold


The club is officially known as "Sydney University Football Club" because it was the first club of any football code in NSW. The club also played Australian rules football in its early history, making it the first NSW club in that code as well.[4]

The club is often referred to as the "Students". Its nicknames have also included "Quizkids" and "Varsity". It is also referred to as "The Birthplace of Australian Rugby" or simply "The Birthplace".[citation needed]


Rugby at Sydney Uni 1934.

* Premiership Titles - Shute Shield: (26) 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1937, 1939, 1945, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1970, 1972, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013

International representatives[edit]

Over one hundred Sydney University players have been selected to play for Australia.[5] The first Australian representative was Hyram Marks in 1899. The club's most famous Wallaby would probably be Nick Farr-Jones, who had a long representative career (including World Cup success). Subsequent representatives include Dave Dennis, Dean Mumm, Will Skelton, Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley and Israel Folau.

Current Super Rugby players[edit]

Will Caldwell playing for Sydney University

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sydney University No.2 Oval and Grandstand Update". Sydney University Football Club. 8 December 2015. Archived from the original on 29 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Hickie, T. A Sense of Union
  3. ^ Football in Australia - Australia's Culture Portal
  4. ^ Full Points Footy Profile
  5. ^ "Australian Reps" at Sydney University Football Club website

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