men's rugby

hello, we are the essex blades MEN'S RUGBY club

Rugby Union is a 15-a-side game played on a 100m long pitch with 2 sets of posts and a dead-ball area at each end. The objective of the game is to cross the opposition’s try line and score a 'try' worth 5 points and then take a 'conversion' over the posts for an additional 2 points. In both attack and defence you are using means of a physical nature against your opponents, in attack trying to gain ground and in defence give them as little ground to play with. The winner is simply the team with the most points at the end of an 80-minute game.

How many teams do we have?

Men's Rugby Union 1st team (BUCS South East 1A)
Men's Rugby Union 2nd team (BUCS South East 5B)


At Essex we strive to provide innovative, athlete-centred programmes in our focus sports; Volleyball, Basketball and Rugby sevens. We also offer sports scholarships to ultra-talented athletes, providing coaching and support services, plus a free kit. More information can be found here: Performance Rugby at Essex.


Recent honours?

Essex Blades Coach of the Year 2016/17 - Sam Edwards
Men's Rugby Union 1st - BUCS South East 3B Winners - 2016/17
Men's Rugby Union 1st - BUCS South East 2B Winners - 2017/18
Essex Blades Club of the Year - 2017/18
Essex Blades Gold Standard Club - 2016/17, 2017/18
Essex Blades Silver Standard Club - 2018/19


Do I need anything else before I get involved?

A properly fitted gumshield and boots.

Join us*

To be a part of the club, you need to join up as a member. All of the different club membership options are listed below with a description of what each membership covers.

* Please note that your membership information will be used in conjunction with Essex Sport (University), purely for the purpose of providing access to required facilities and data analysis. Your data will not be shared with anyone else or used for marketing purposes.


Please note, as memberships have to be uploaded to the Essex Sport system manually, it may take 3-5 working days before you are able to book onto your session via the Essex Sport app and attend training sessions. Should you have any problems, please email  

Training times


club training

mONDAY | 7:30-9PM
grass pitches

All club members welcome.

club training

friDAY | 5-6:30M
grass pitches

All club members welcome.

Please note, club training times listed above are during University term-time oNLY.



looking for a different way to play?

Through Essex Sport, we also offer different ways to play the sports you love. For more information, please click here.

02 touch rugby

tuesday | 6-7pm

Non-contact rugby incorporating fitness and games. All abilities are welcome, so come and enjoy an hour of touch rugby and have fun!


Club committee









mario garcia ugarte



welfare officer

thej previndran

social secretary

alex leney

social secretary

matthew hearnden

health & safety officer

edward miles

alumni officer

rhys palombo

charity & volunteering officer

arran dhesi

kit officer

christian daniels

communications officer