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.

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 Psychologys


  • 2017/18 - 3rd place - BUCS North A (Men 1)
  • 2016/17 - BUCS Vase Cup finalists

Performance facilities



Athlete Profile


Ade Lipede

Studying: MSci Chemistry (School of Chemistry)

Rugby background: Kent Rugby, Saracens Academy U18, Saracens Storm for the A-League 

Top achievements:  England 7’s,  Academy League - 3rd place - Saracens U18

The University of Nottingham Sport has offered me an opportunity to build myself as a player on and off the pitch, through the ethos we drive & values we hold high in the club.



University of Nottingham Sport

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000