1919-2019 - Our Rugby Centenary

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The first ever men's First XV, captured on camera at the start of the 1919-20 season 

Wearing the Green and Gold is about so much more than just pulling on a jersey. Every student who does so becomes part of the fabric of the University’s illustrious sporting history.

The 2019/20 season marked a hugely significant milestone as our rugby club celebrated its centenary. From the stewardship of the first ever captain D.L. Nicholas, to today’s President Lawrence Davies, the club’s tradition is rich. Nottingham’s proud rugby heritage has contributed to the development of world-class rugby players; from the iconic Brian Moore, England caps Ron Jacobs and Nick Preston, and more recently Tim Streather and Chris Wyles.

The centenary season celebrated the thousands who have worn the Green and Gold. Whether for just one game or many, the experience of being part of the team marks a significant contribution to who many have become today.

The centenary season

Players shared memories from their time on campus, many joined us for a special Centenary Dinner with Brian Moore himself, and so many supported our Centenary Appeal to provide current and future students with greater opportunities to benefit from the unique experiences which being part of the Rugby Club provides. Thank you all!

Guests at a previous sport event

Centenary Dinner

We celebrated the club at the Centenary Dinner on the 11th September

Men's First XV captain Alfie Orchard with an archive photo of the first ever men's team in 1919

Centenary Appeal

Help more students follow in your footsteps

A photo of the 1960 men#s team

Share your memories

Tell us about your time playing rugby at Nottingham



The 1919-20 First XV

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The current men's First XV

Current team

Keep up to date with the Rugby Club this season

A Gongster article about the Rugby Club

Your rugby memories

Take a look back at the club's history through the eyes of alumni


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