Rugby Union

The TEAMBrookes Rugby Union offer at Oxford Brookes is made up of Men's Teams, Women's Team and a Touch Rugby Team. Rugby Union is one of our biggest sports and welcomes players of all abilities. 

We enter various teams into the Rugby Union British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Leagues and Touch Rugby BUCS Competition. We are very proud of our partnership with Oxford Harlequins RFC as it provides additional playing opportunities for our student athletes as well as access to brilliant facilities and opportunities for students to gain experience in other rugby roles. 

Men's Rugby Union Teams

Men's Rugby Union Team

There are 3 Men's Teams who play in various Midlands BUCS Leagues. All teams train and play at Oxford Harlequins RFC. The Men's programme is lead by rugby legend, Tom Varndell, who joined Oxford Brookes as the Head of Rugby last summer. The Men's 1st Team is recognised as one of our Performance Teams, meaning they receive enhanced performance support to help them achieve their performance goals. 

Women's Rugby Union Team

Women's Rugby Union Team

There is 1 Women's Team who play in Tier 1 of the Midlands BUCS League. The team trains and plays their home games at Oxford Harlequins RFC. During the 2022/23 season, they celebrated one of their most successful seasons to date, by finishing 3rd in the Midlands Tier 1 League and making it to the Quarter-Finals of the Women's National Trophy. As a result, Kin Kelly, the Women's Head Coach was awarded the Coach of the Year Award at the 2023 TEAMBrookes Sports Awards

Touch Rugby Team

Touch Rugby Team

There is 1 Mixed Touch Rugby Team who play in BUCS competitions. Touch Rugby was added to the BUCS programme for the 2022/23 season so we're excited to see the TEAMBrookes Team continue to grow. Touch Rugby welcomes players of all genders, abilities and experience. 

Want to join?

You can reach out to the clubs directly on social media to find out more and get involved:

If you want to represent TEAMBrookes, give a new sport a go, or just find out more, then you can also head over to the Brookes Sport Instagram (@BrookesSportOxford) or for more information, please email the TEAMBrookes Team:

For the majority of our TEAMBrookes Sports Clubs, trials and taster sessions take place following the TEAMBrookes Sports Fair. If you miss the Sports Fair or would like to join later in the year, please reach out to the club directly through social media.

Women's Rugby Club at the 2021 Sports Fair

You can meet all of our TEAMBrookes Sports Clubs at the Sports Fair on Wednesday 20th September in the Brookes Sport, Headington, Sports Hall (10am - 4pm).  


The TEAMBrookes Rugby Club and Oxford Harlequins Rugby Football Club have established a partnership based around aligning activities given the locality, use of facilities, and having the same overarching goal of developing players at all levels of the performance pyramid.

The principal aim of this partnership is to enhance the player experience by providing a high quality, diverse and attractive range of opportunities to enjoy, participate in and excel at rugby.

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TEAMBrookes Membership Fees

The cost of joining any TEAMBrookes Sports Club is £150 for the 2023/24 academic year, which equates to approximately £6.80 per week. Find out more about the TEAMBrookes Membership Fee.

This fee is required for each Sports Club you are competing for. Included within this cost is everything required to play your sport and access appropriate support.

Exemptions and Fee Waivers

Those in receipt of a Brookes Bursary or International Hardship Award for 2023/24 are exempt from paying the £150. If this applies to you, please complete this application form and confirmation of receiving one of these are required as part of the form. 

Those selected as TEAMBrookes Sports Scholars are also waived of the requirement to make the £150 payment, as part of the performance support provided.

Partnership with Under Armour

We are delighted to team up with Under Armour as our official TEAMBrookes and leisurewear partner. 

To pick up your stash items, head over to our webshop.

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