Aberystwyth University Rugby

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University Rugby

The 2016/17 season will see AURL celebrate 10 years of existence since it was formed in April 2007 by a small group of friends with a shared passion for sport and a desire to play Rugby League.

The rapid growth of the club within only a few months of inception saw BUSA (British Universities Sports Association) offer the team a place in the season ending BUSA Plate Competition of 2006/07. Allowing Mid-Wales and the Students of Aberystwyth University the opportunity to experience competitive Rugby League for the first time.

The following season saw the team entered officially into the newly formed BUCS (British Universities and Colleges of Sport) Rugby League Competition, with a last minute loss in the BUCS Semi-Final to Nottingham Trent University showing just how far the club had developed in such a short period of time. This success was rewarded with the club receiving the ‘Most Improved Club’ award at the annual Aberystwyth Athletics Union Dinner in May 2008.

Individual successes were experienced in that season with three players being rewarded with representative honours for Great Britain through the British Student Pioneers Rugby League. The tour of the Ukraine allowed the players the opportunity to improve their own personal skills alongside fulfilling the role of ambassadors in a developing Rugby League nation. This success aided in increasing the profile of the club in the National Press and the far-reaching Rugby League Community.

The following two seasons saw the club entered into the BUCS North-West League, allowing the team competitive fixtures throughout the season for the first time. In the season ending knockout competitions, the club built upon previous successes with a BUCS Quarter-Final (2008/09 Season) and further narrow loss, this time to Birmingham University in the BUCS Semi- Final (2009/10).

The 2010/11 season began with the club developing ties further with Aled James (Head Coach of South Wales Scorpions Rugby League and Wales Rugby League International) and Mark Jones (Development Manager for Wales Rugby League). Who were both able to attend our club launch in October 2010, as well as offering coaching advice and further support to improve the side over the coming seasons.