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Saturday, May 08, 2010

At uni or college next year? You could play for Great Britain!

Its not a well publicised fact, but not all national rugby teams are selected by the RFUW.

The England Colleges rugby team has been mentioned on here before. Its the representative team for students at sixth form and FE colleges, and is based on trials that take place every autumn. Unlike the teams organised by the RFUW you do not need to be nominated for these trials - though, on the downside, they have never been well publicised in the past! If you are interested then there is a website (click here). However one problem is that your college does need to be a member of British Colleges Sport, so your best bet might be to start with your college's sport department.

Universities and other HE institutions have a different association - British Universities and Colleges Sport. BUCS enter a Great Britain team in annual World University Championships in a wide variety of sports - including women's rugby sevens, where the championships this year are in Porto in July.

Again RFUW are not involved, so you do not need to be nominated by any region or TDG coach. Its all based on self-nomination, and if you want to be considered for the British team you just fill in this form and go from there. Chances are if you are at uni now its a bit late to get into the 2010 team, but its worth remembering to put yourself forward for 2011 as soon as the next academic year starts (nominations seem to open in October).


  1. Anonymous12:21 PM

    Be prepared for a £300 bill if you play for the English Colleges and remember it is not part of the RFUW development pathway.

  2. Well, as I said, these teams are not administered by RFUW so by definition they are not part of the RFUW pathway. There will be positive and negative aspects to this! And playing for England Colleges would not prevent you also playing for RFUW XVs.

    As for cost, being a member of RFUW's England U20 team is not exactly a cost free experience - ask those who played in 2008/9 but withdrew from playing in 2009/10.

    In addition there are often local authority grants available to anyone playing sport at a national level (though its worth saying that you should grab them now as they'll probably not be around for much longer). In addition anyone playing for or living in Letchworth will be able to apply for grants from the Heritage Foundation (grants that will not be disappearing!).

  3. Really/ it costs £300 to place in the english colleges? Thats the first time i have heard that.

  4. Anonymous5:52 PM

    Ask those that have played for English colleges, who else pays for the kit etc

    What cost apart from travel do the U20's have to pay??

  5. I cannot confirm what the U20s may have to pay for, but I know of at least one leading player from last season who dropped out of the squad this year because she could not afford he cost of taking part. That might just have been travel and time off work, but those are still costs - and I dare say that the travel and training commitments are significant unless you have supportive parents.


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