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.

Growing on our proud achievements of previous seasons, including our 1st XV's most recent BUCS Vase and Varsity Champions success in 2012/13, the University of Nottingham Rugby Union Club enters the new season with some incredibly ambitious and exciting plans set to unfold, both on and off the pitch, in order to continue the successes of previous seasons.

The 1st XV side currently compete in the BUCS Premiership A (North) League against some of the best University sides in the country, including Durham, Loughborough and Leeds Metropolitan, whilst our three other teams compete against the most competitive regional University sides across four separate leagues.



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.

“Thepartner 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.

Contact Paul Westgate


Performance training

In depth full week training programme including

  • Video Analysis
  • S&C 2 Hours a Week
  • Recovery Sessions (Land and Pool)
  • Nutrition and Sports Psychology


  • 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