University of Brighton Rugby
University of Brighton Rugby,The University of Brighton fields 4 men’s rugby teams. Three of these play in the British Universities (BUCS) Championships on a weekly basis. The club, always looking to be proactive, have already had an exciting season. This extends beyond the field of play.
The club were lucky enough to be invited on BT Sports star studded Rugby Tonight live program on Monday 19th January. The club were invited to be one of the demonstration teams . Owing to the 6 nations special the guests included England captain Chris Robshaw, Wales captain Sam Warburton as well as Manu Tuilagi, Mako and Billy Vunipola, George North, Owen Farrell, Stuart Hogg and Rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll.
The team got the chance to run through live demonstrations aided by the players as they explained what it takes to win on the international stage. This provided a great insight into what goes through the professionals head when in a game. The highlight being the opportunity to take part in a game of walking rugby with everyone.
Club president Rhys Dudley said ‘it was a fantastic experience to meet our rugby heroes as well hearing their thoughts on the upcoming tournament.’
Photos from the event can be found here.
The club have also been busy raising much needed funds for charity. The Brighton based members of the team subjected people to their take on carol singing in December for well known rugby based charity, Wooden Spoon. They also helped collecting money at the Hollingbury Asda in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care on the 7th December.
Meanwhile the guys in Eastbourne promoted a 1km ‘run/walk/Conga whatever for 1km’ by setting up a stand in Sprinters canteen and getting people to sign up.
The team also support the Parklife recreational programme by volunteering at the Touch Rugby weekly sessions. Sessions are just turn up and play. Details can be found on the Parklife website.
To note rugby at the University of Brighton is not exclusivly male. This year has seen the University of Brighton women’s team return to competition. The team train and play at the Eastbourne campus but there is also a session for Brighton based players.
If you are interested in taking up rugby at the university then it is not too late. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.