England Student Representative XV was first formed in the early 1970’s and ran alongside English Universities Representative sides. The RFU appointed Jack Rowell OBE to be the first England Student Coach Jack notably went on to be appointed as the England Men’s Senior XV Head Coach in future years.
The team has a rich history of player that have played for the team that have gone on to represent the Senior Men’s Teams or play at the highest level of the domestic game, including:
Josh Beaumont, Durham Uni, Sale Sharks, England
Daniel Bibby, Cardiff Met Uni, England & GB 7s, Olympic Silver Medallist
Kyran Bracken, Uni of Bristol, England (51 caps)
Phil Burgess, Loughborough Uni, England & GB 7s, Olympic Silver Medallist
Lawrence Dallaglio, Kingston Uni, England (85 caps)
Tom Dunn, Uni of Bath, England
Will Greenwood, Durham Uni, England (55 caps)
Fitz Harding, Durham Uni, Bristol Bears
Josh Lewsey, Uni of Bristol, England (55 caps)
Ruaridh McConnochie, Uni of Gloucester, England & GB 7s, Olympic Silver Medallist
Tom Mitchell, Bristol Uni, Oxford Uni, England & GB 7s, Olympic Silver Medallist
Harry Williams, Uni of Exeter, Exeter Chiefs, England (19 caps)
Graduated from Durham University 2013
Current club: Sale Sharks
"University rugby played a crucial role in my development as a player and making the transition into the professional game. As a late developer, I was never picked up by an academy and playing in the BUCS leagues for Durham ensured I was still able to pursue my professional ambitions by playing a high standard of rugby as well as combining this and fulfilling my academic ambitions. I was also lucky enough to represent England Students for two seasons and was able to test myself further on an International stage against more senior and professional opposition"
Graduated from Hartpury University 2019
Current club: Hartpury RFC
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with England Students, in the small amount of time together I learned a tremendous amount, met some great people and played some good rugby. England Students is a fantastic program. To be able to play and battle hard against all the boys in BUCS super rugby all year, to then at the end of the season, be able to share the pitch with some of the best players was awesome. Even more to see some of those players kick on so quickly and playing in the premiership now is quality.”
Graduated from Durham University 2020
Current club: Bristol Bears
"I arrived at university as an under-developed eighteen year old who would’ve massively struggled with the intensity, skill-level and physicality of a full-time professional rugby environment. My time playing university rugby not only allowed me to challenge myself off the field, but it also gave me time to develop into a player who could compete in the elite environment of the Premiership. It also gave me a special opportunity to play a high level of rugby week in week out with some of my best mates; some of the most memorable moments of my rugby career came at a university level and I will be forever grateful for that. The highlight of my university career was unquestionably representing England Students. To be able to represent your country at whatever level is always an honour and it was a special experience to go on tour and play France with a great group of lads.”
Graduated from Northumbria 2019
Current club: Newcastle Falcons
'I really enjoyed my time with England students and what I experienced, it was a great bunch. The things I learnt on the pitch has helped me make the step to play in the Premiership. The memories off the pitch I look back on fondly'
Current club: Newcastle Falcons
“Playing for England students was a great experience and I still have fond memories of the 3 game campaign in 2010. My best memory of the campaign was beating Ireland students, at home in Newcastle, in the snow! What has been pleasing is to see a lot of those lads from the squad go on to play for premiership clubs and also international honours in both 7s and 15s. It was a great part of our development into the professional game.”
Graduated from Gloucester University in 2015
Current club: Bath Rugby.
"Playing with England Students opened my eyes to what a professional environment looked like and the trial set up and matches allowed me to experience international performance sport. Through playing for them I was selected to trial with the England 7s programme. Following my successful trial I signed a full time contract and played extensively on the HSBC World Sevens series for three years. I was also selected to represent Team GB at the Rio Olympics in 2016 winning a Silver medal. I signed for Bath Rugby in August 2018 and have now represented them in the Gallagher Premiership and European Champions Cup."
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.