Department of Sport

Performance Men's Rugby Union


Performance Men's Rugby Union




The University of Nottingham Rugby Union Club is one of largest student led rugby clubs in the country, and one of the most prestigious and popular sports clubs at Nottingham. The men's Rugby Union Club enjoys a national reputation for rugby, attracting performance rugby players who want to balance their continued rugby development with studying at one of the UK's top Universities.

The Men’s Rugby Union Club continues to grow and develop, and has a clear and strong vision to deliver a performance rugby programme that develops people. The Club has ambitious and exciting plans built on strong relationships with England Rugby, Nottingham RFC and UoN alumni. The Club hosted their Centenary Dinner in September 2021, which included the induction of former England international and alumnus Brian Moore into UoN Sport's Hall of Fame.   

The Men’s Rugby Union Club has 5 teams which compete in the BUCS leagues and its 1st team competes in BUCS Super Rugby. Each team has its own coach supported by specialist coaches, and the coaching team is headed up by Paul Westgate an England Rugby Level 5 Coach. 


RFU University Partner - University of Nottingham

Since 2015, the RFU has worked in a close partnership with the Students RFU (SRFU) and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) to develop and deliver university partnerships, inviting universities across the country to apply for a partnership.

“The partner institutions are leading examples of universities who will provide a high level of commitment and a quality standard of rugby that will help enhance the experience for players of all abilities," said Mark Saltmarsh, Head of Education and Development at the RFU.


Rugby Union at The University of Nottingham


Performance Rugby coaching

Paul Westgate is a Level 5 Rugby Coach, a qualified Rugby Trainer, Coach Educator and Mentor, and has significant experience of coaching at international, national, club and university level.

Paul has been Assistant Coach to the Spanish national team and has coached the England U21s and the England U17 Development Squad. Paul has also been Head Coach of the England Counties XV and has just finished as Head Coach of the Midlands Counties U18s. 

 In 2012 Paul was nominated Coach Educator of the Year at the England Rugby National Awards for Coaching Excellence and in 2017 Paul received the Outstanding Recognition for Coaching Award from the Leicestershire Rugby Union.

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Performance training

  • Performance Analysis
  • Strength & Conditioning (2 hrs p/week)
  • Recovery Sessions (Land and Pool)
  • Nutrition and Sports Psychology support
  • Specialist Coaching sessions
  • 1-2-1 Mentoring
  • Player Welfare Programme


  • 2021/22 - Promoted to BUCS Super Rugby
  • 2021/22 - BUCS Vase Winners
  • 2018/19- 3rd place- BUCS North A (Men 1)
  • 2017/18 - 3rd place - BUCS North A (Men 1)
  • 2016/17 - BUCS Vase Cup finalists

Performance facilities



Athlete Profile


Jamie Barden

Studying: Law 

Rugby background: England 7s and Harlequins U18

Top achievements: Achieving Olympic qualification for 7s. Bronze medal at the Singapore leg of the World Series. Making my England 7s debut in Las Vegas 2019.

"I chose Nottingham as it gave me an opportunity to maintain my rugby whilst attempting to gain academic qualifications."



University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000