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Rugby Union

Cardiff University delivers a comprehensive rugby programme providing players the opportunity to develop their rugby talent while studying for their degree.

Rugby is a focus sport at Cardiff University, with a dedicated member of staff responsible for the management and delivery of the complete rugby programme. Louie Tonkin is the Head of Rugby.If you are interested in further information on the Rugby programme at Cardiff University please contact Louie via email:

Louie Tonkin (Head of Rugby) on

The Programme

Cardiff University Rugby currently runs 7 teams that compete in the British Universities Spots Association (BUSA) competitions.


BUCS and Rugby Development

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The teams that are competing in BUCS are:

Cardiff University Mens – 4 teams (One is exclusively for fresher’s).
Cardiff Medics Mens – 2 teams.
Cardiff University Womens – 1 team.

Further development opportunities are available for players as Cardiff University Rugby has strong links with  various other professional and semi-professional Regions/Clubs in South Wales.

Graduates and current students of Cardiff University who have progressed into professional rugby include Graham Price (Pontypool, Wales and British Lions), David Pickering (Llanelli, Neath and Wales), Robin Sowden-Taylor (Cardiff Blues and Wales), Rob Sidoli (Cardiff Blues and Wales) and Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues and Wales).


Player Recruitment and Selection

Cardiff University Rugby is keen to encourage talented rugby players to apply for admission to Cardiff University at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Although the rugby club cannot directly affect admissions it can offer information and advice to perspective players.

The Head of Rugby is always pleased to talk to players who are considering applying to Cardiff University. Advice on courses and admissions procedures can be obtained from the main university website or by clicking here.

Rugby Bursaries are awarded and interested parties should again contact the Head of Rugby.



Rugby Images courtesy of Adam Gasson Photography