Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club


CURUFC is a wholly amateur student rugby club aiming to offer a rugby environment that is as 'professional' as possible. There are three regular teams: the Blues, the LX Club and the U21 XV, together with occasional fixtures for the U21A XV and the Colleges XV. The Blues have a strong midweek fixture list incorporating top professional clubs and universities whilst the LX Club and U21 generally play at weekends. In addition in the Lent term an U20 XV competes in the RFU national constituent body U20 competition.

Teams are selected on merit and all teams receive coaching, strength and conditioning guidance and medical support from our well-qualified staff.

The club has a great tradition of touring, with different squads touring Japan, South Africa, Scotland and the USA in recent years.

On midweek afternoons there are 20 College teams who compete in a structured league system. There are three leagues with each team playing against the other on a home and away basis. The Lent term is used for the knockout Cuppers tournament with the finals being held at Grange Road during the last week of term. In addition the season ends with a Colleges sevens tournament.

Colleges rugby is very important in Cambridge and unique in that Division One is used to trial experimental laws for the RFU and IRB. The laws laboratory has run for twelve years and created a worldwide interest in its work. This scheme also attracts referees to come and referee in the Cambridge league and contribute to the friendship and fun which flourishes in our sporting environment.

The ultimate aim of every rugby player at Cambridge should be to play in a 'Varsity' match. Annually there are now five Varsity matches played at Blues, LX Club, U21, U21A and Colleges level, ensuring that over 100 players gain the honour of playing against ‘the other place.' The Varsity series culminates at Twickenham in early December with the curtain raiser of the U21 match and then the world-renowned Varsity Match in front of approximately 40,000 spectators and a worldwide television audience.