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Phil De Glanville announced as new SRFU President

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

The Students’ Rugby Football Union Members have ratified the decisions made by the Trustee Board.


The SRFU AGM held online on Tuesday 20th June marked the end of the 2022/23 season. The meeting provided an opportunity for reflection on the significant progress the organisation continues to make, celebrating the strength of partnership with BUCS and the RFU and recognised 50yrs of service by its outgoing President.


Following a Special Resolution, member clubs ratified the recommendation of the Trustee Board to adopt a new set of Articles of Association and Byelaws. The updating of these governing documents has been a key part of a wider programme of governance reform, reflecting the ways in which the organisation is structured and delivering against its charitable objects.


Following 50yrs of service to student rugby, Bob Reeves presided over his last AGM as President of the SRFU. Bob, a former Director of Sport at Bristol University, a former England Students Head Coach and a former President of the RFU, has been a powerful advocate of university rugby. In order to recognise Bob’s commitment and impact on the game, he was appointed as an Honorary Life Member of the SRFU.


Replacing Bob Reeves as SRFU President is Phil de Glanville.


Said Bob Reeves “‘I am delighted to be followed as President by Phil de Glanville. I first met him in 1988, when I was coaching the England Students team in the first Student World Cup in France with John Robins. The rest of his playing career is well-known, as he went on to play for Bath and England, captaining the national team in 1996.



Phil worked for Sport England and was Director of Sport at Hartpury College before going into the commercial world. Phil has represented the SRFU on the RFU Council for 8 years, latterly being Chairman of the Professional Game Board.


I am certain that there could not be a better person to take on the role of SRFU President. Phil is diligent, cares about people and after a lifetime in rugby, still remains passionate about the game.


With Phil as President and the dynamic young Board chaired by Mark Hyndman, the SRFU is in exceptionally good hands for the coming years.”


In more procedural business, member Clubs ratified the recommendation for the renewal and new appointment of Trustee Board members of the SRFU and that Bache Brown and Co remain as independent auditors for a further season.


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