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; 155 years ago (1863)
Location Sydney, Australia
Ground(s) Sydney University Football Ground (No.2 Oval),[1] Sydney University
Coach(es) Robert Taylor Head Coach. Joe Horn-Smith Assistant Coach
Captain(s) Rohan O'Regan
League(s) Shute Shield, NSWSRU
2018 Minor Premiers and Winners of Shute Shield. Grand Final: SUFC 45 v Warringah 12
Team kit
Official website

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

The Sydney University Football Club is the oldest club outside of Britain and the eighth oldest in the world after Guy’s Hospital (1843), Dublin University (1854), Edinburgh Academicals (1857), Liverpool (1857), Blackheath (1858), Richmond (1861) and Sale (1861). “On the afternoon of 19th August 1865 a rugby match was played on the University grounds. After an exciting struggle, which lasted an hour and a half, during which no goals were obtained by either side, the game was stopped owing to a misunderstanding with regard to the rules.” Sydney Morning Herald 22 August 1865.

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. The Sydney University Sports and Fitness Union completed the building of a new training facility and grandstand at that ground accommodating 1,200 spectators.[1]

Club information[edit]

  • Juniors Founded: 2005
  • Uniform colors: Saxe 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 since 1900 (the Shute Shield started in 1923): (31) 1901 (shared), 1904, 1919, 1920, 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, 2018

Australian Club Champions: (4) 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014

Club Championships: (23) 1927, 1937, 1941, 1942, 1961, 1983, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

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 Dan Vickerman, Dave Dennis, Dean Mumm, Will Skelton, Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Israel Folau, Tom Robertson and Matt Philip.

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 Archived 2009-05-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Full Points Footy Profile
  5. ^ "Australian Reps" at Sydney University Football Club website Archived 2006-08-30 at the Wayback Machine.

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