The Students’ RFU (SRFU) is a national constitute body of the RFU representing higher education. We are Independent Limited Company with Charitable Status which is run by volunteers. There are over 100 universities with student rugby clubs that make up the membership of the SRFU and are in turn full voting members of the Rugby Football Union.
WHAT MAKES UP THE STUDENTS' RFU
148 member clubs
Over 2,000 matches per season
15 volunteers & 1 part-time employee
Close work with RFU & BUCS
Over 10,000 social media followers
OUR IMPACT 2022/23
Made discipline guidance easier to find and understand
England Students beat France Universities on French soil for the first time in 17 years
Hosted the University Rugby Awards at the HSBC London 7s
Piloted a new EDI toolkit for universities
Issued grants and awards totalling over £14,000
Supported the launch of a new women's Medics league
Hosted the University Rugby Development Forum at the StoneX Stadium
PLANS FOR THE 2022/23 SEASON
Introducing a new behaviour charter
Exploring opportunities to develop the women's game at universities
Rolling out a new process
for registering student players
Supporting clubs with grant offers
Working to secure one or more test fixtures for England Students
A timeline of events that have shaped the Students' RFU.
1973The Rugby Football Union set up a specific Higher Education panel to bring together University of London, UAU, British College and British Polytechnics
1976The Students’ RFU (SRFU) was formed as a National Constitute Body of the RFU to represent Higher Education. The SRFU was formed in order to coordinate all universities and polytechnics, where there had previously been separate bodies. University of Oxford and University of Cambridge remained separate Constitute Bodies on the RFU.
1976Appointment of the first SRFU’s Council Member onto the RFU Council - Derek Morgan
1976The first SRFU Committee took place with Derek Morgan as Chair with Brian McLelland as Secretary.
1995The number of RFU Council Rep for the SRFU increased to two. Bob Reeves joined Derek Morgan as the second rep on the RFU Council to represent Higher Education Rugby Union.
2001The SRFU established charitable status with a charitable object to: To administer, foster, encourage, extend and control Rugby Football Union (“the game”) for the moral and physical development of students at University and other institutions of higher education within England.
2002Derek Morgan stepped down as SRFU Chair and Council Rep to take up the position of RFU President. He remained involved in the SRFU as Hon Treasurer and Trustee. Bob Reeves was appointed by the board of trustees as SRFU Chair. Vaughan Parry Williams was appointed at the second RFU Council Rep for the SRFU.
2009Ian Elvin is appointed as the second SRFU Council Member of the RFU Council. Ian replaces Vaughan Parry William, unfortunately Vaughan passed away in June.
2012Derek Morgan stepped down as Hon Treasurer and Trustee handing over to Stuart Wade. The AGM approved the appointment of Derek Morgan to the position of SRFU President as recommended by the Board of Trustees
2014Derek Morgan stepped down as SRFU President. Bob Reeves was appointed as both SRFU & RFU President and in turn stepped down as SRFU Chair and Council Member. Iain Elvin was appointed as SRFU Chair. Jonathan Webb was appointed by the board of trustee as the second council rep for the SRFU.
2015Jonathan Webb was appointed as World Rugby Council Member for the RFU replacing Bill Beaumont who became World Rugby Chair. Jonathan stepped down as RFU Council Rep for the SRFU and Trustee
2016Ian Elvin steps down as SRFU Chair, RFU Council Rep and Trustee. Phil Attwell is appointed by the Trustee Board to succeed Ian.
2017Phil de Glanville was appointed as the SRFU Council Rep on the RFU Council and Trustee
2018Phil de Glanville was appointed to the RFU Board, as well as, remaining as Council Member for the SRFU.
2019Mark Hyndman succeeds Phil Attwell as SRFU Chair and joins the SRFU as a Trustee. Phil Attwell and Phil de Glanville continue as RFU Council reps for the SRFU.
T R U S T E E B O A R D
Phil De Glanville
Chair & SRFU Council Rep
Student Rep & Club Development Chair