Department of Sport

Performance Rugby League


Performance Rugby League




The University of Nottingham Rugby League Club fields three teams, with a successful league and cup record as well as an active and welcoming social section. The club participates in the BUCS league and cup competitions, and is part of the high profile Nottingham Varsity programme.

The club caters for players with a wide range of experience, from Professional Academy level players and Student Internationals through to beginners with no rugby league background. New players are welcome - no previous experience is necessary.

Led by Joe Shepherd also of local Yorkshire Premier League side Nottingham Outlaws. As well as back-to-back BUCS Trophy in 2015–16 and 2016-17 seasons. Our first team competes in the Midlands 1A and second team in Midlands 2A, both teams looking for promotion this year and a very strong cup run. With our new captain James Amachree, recent West Africa international, the club is in good hands for the future.

Rugby League at The University of Nottingham


Performance coaching

Joe Shepherd is a RFL qualified coach and a England Talent Pathway Coach. He is also a Rugby League Coach Educator and is currently Director of Coaching at Nottingham Outlaws RLFC. 



Contact Joe Shepherd 


Performance training 

  • 2 times per week Strength and Conditioning 
  • 3 times per week Squad pitch training  


  • Midlands League Champions: 2007, 2008, 2014, 2016, 2017

  • BUCS Trophy Winners: 2016, 2017
  • University of Nottingham Team of the Year 2015-16

Performance facilities


  • BUCS 1A (1st Team)
  • BUCS Midlands 2A (2nd Team)
  • BUCS Championship 9s (1st Team)
  • BUCS Rugby League 9s (3rd Team)

Athlete profiles


James Amachree

Studying: Politics and Economics Bsc

Rugby League background: Brixton Bulls, South London, South-East England and West Africa 9s.

Top achievement: winning London championships back to back with Brixton.

"UNRL has really got a family feel. Everyone gets along with everyone across both teams and there’s a really positive environment.”


Ciaran Dean

Studying: BA Nursing

Rugby League background: Played since I was 5, played for Lancashire and South of England Universities.

Top achievement: Winning College national cup and receiving man of the match.

"UNRL has shaped my entire University life; playing, training and living with teammates has meant the Club has felt like a family."



University of Nottingham Sport

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000