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The Women's team winning the BUCS Championship in 2017/18

Former scholar Sam Skinner now plays for the Exeter Chiefs and Scotland Seniors

Current sports scholar Lagi Tuima (BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences) is one of three to be selected for England Seniors

Rugby Club Alumni

The origins of rugby at Exeter can be traced back to the early sides of St. Luke's College, which was founded in 1839, and held their first rugby match in 1860 against Exeter Grammar School. Before the merger between the two institutions in 1978, St Luke’s vs University fixtures were highlights of the Exeter sporting calendar. Since then, the University of Exeter has become renowned as a leading rugby institution with a great many students going on to play professional and international rugby. Our close links with local Aviva Premiership side Exeter Chiefs provide great benefit to the whole Club.

The Men's Rugby Union 1st team won the BUCS Super Rugby League in 2017/18 and 2018/19 as well as the Championship in 2015/16. The Women's 1st team won the BUCS Championship in 2017/18 and were league champions in 2018/19. Current students regularly represent their countries at U20 level. In 2018/19 then the Women’s played in the Rugby Varsity for the 1st time at Sandy Park.

In Rugby League, the Men's 1st team won the BUCS league in 2018/19 for the first time.

The Men’s Rugby Club, or EURFC as it’s more commonly known, offers its former members a variety of opportunities to re-engage with the Club throughout the year. During the BUCS season, alumni are invited to attend the Club’s annual Varsity fixture at Exeter Chiefs’ Sandy Park which attracts thousands of supporters. In the summer term, the Club also hosts the popular ‘Touch Duckes’, a touch-rugby tournament at the University’s Duckes Meadows which is open to all. The University's event listings show all alumni events taking place.

For more information about the Men's Rugby Club alumni scene please contact us.

Contact us

For further information on upcoming events, or to become part of the Rugby Club's alumni community contact us on SportsAlumni@exeter.ac.uk. All enquiries are totally commitment free and we are always happy to hear from our alumni.

Memories

This section will be developed as rugby alumni provide information. Please send any relevant memories you have as well as any photos or documents (programmes / annual dinner documents / league tables etc) / that you want to share here to sportsalumni@exeter.ac.uk.

This section will be developed as rugby alumni provide information. Please send any relevant memories you have as well as any photos or documents (programmes / annual dinner documents / league tables etc) / that you want to share here to sportsalumni@exeter.ac.uk.

  • What Exeter University Rugby meant to me
  • Most memorable moments
  • Life post Exeter

Donald Eddy Elliott, 1948-49

On behalf of his daughter, Marylyn Robinson: "a photo from my father’s belongings. He began teacher training at St Luke’s after leaving the Royal Navy at the end of the war. My understanding is that the majority of other students at that time were slightly older than usual because of war service."

 

 

 

Bill Braddick, 1949-52

This is the 1st XV which sadly lost in the UAU final against Durham at Birmingham 1951. This was the first time Exeter (then University College of the South West of England) had reached a UAU final. We beat Reading, Southampton and Bristol before meeting our nemesis in Durham in the final at the Birmingham University ground.

This section will be developed as rugby alumni provide information. Please send any relevant memories you have as well as any photos or documents (programmes / annual dinner documents / league tables etc) / that you want to share here to sportsalumni@exeter.ac.uk.

  • What Exeter University Rugby meant to me
  • Most memorable moments
  • Life post Exeter

Bill Braddick, 1949-53

I played for the University 1st XV throughout my time at Exeter 1949-53.

The captain in my first year was Arnold Pascoe (geography Bradninch). It was Ron Jeans (Reed Maths) in year two. The third year was John Dunford (Reed economics). All of them were ex-servicemen as were most of the team for the first two years. In my postgrad year John Carter (Mardon History) straight from school was Captain.

I played as hooker in my first year as one of five ex schoolboys in the team.  In the second row we had an ex Chindit who had survived the Burma campaign so I was secure in the knowledge that he would be a match for any opponent who got too stroppy.

We played in a very good West Country style, a bit like the current Exeter Chiefs with the talent. In my second year  we reached the UAU final and sadly lost to Durham who I must confess were the better team. I was awarded full colours in that year. The great match of the season was always against St Luke’s, then a separate establishment. They always won as their then Principal always recruited a number of Welsh Internationals whether or not they could read or write.

Rugby was a very important part of my life at Exeter and played a very important part in my development as well as leading to friendships which have lasted a lifetime.

I am very sad that the pandemic is casting a shadow over University life at the moment as the legacy of the years 1939-45 did for my generation, but, we managed and I’m sure you will too. Good luck for this season!

This is the 1st XV which sadly lost in the UAU final against Durham at Birmingham 1951. This was the first time Exeter (then University College of the South West of England) had reached a UAU final. We beat Reading, Southampton and Bristol before meeting our nemesis in Durham in the final at the Birmingham University ground.

 

Richard (Dick) Worsfold, 1959-62

I was fortunate enough to play for the Rams Rugby in two seasons, 1959-60 and 1960-61 so here are the pictures of those teams. We played most of the Cornish clubs and did not do particularly well, but the games were often memorable. My most lasting memory was the second time I played against St Ives, who at that time had the dubious distinction of having the worst pitch in Cornwall. Not only did it have a severe slope, but a local dairy herd had to be cleared away before the game could start, leaving behind a considerable amount of evidence of their occupation.

As a second row forward I was supposed to win possession in the line out and near the end of the game my downward descent from such an effort turned my ankle on a divot with an audible crack. I was in a cast for the next six weeks and the season ended without me.

Good memories of the teams and the players particularly the captains, Keith Bungay and John Stark. The then English trialist Bill Redwood was at Exeter and turned out for the odd game, but was playing regularly for the Bristol club.

I am still in touch with Colin Grundy who was also Honours Geology, and I saw a bit of Mike Cunningham in Warrington after my return from Antarctica in the late sixties. We moved to Canada in 1968 where I am happily retired and living near Kingston Ontario.

1959-60

1960-61

Roger Price, 1962-65

1962/63 Capt. Keith Richardson

1963/64 Capt. Len Willcox

1964/65 Capt. Will Pritchard

 

John Roberts, 1961-64

I read history at Exeter 1961-64. Thanks to Prof Frank Barlow, I came to Exeter after failing my Latin prelims at St. Edmund Hall.

I was Secretary of the Rugby club for the 1962/63 season and in those days had to organise everything! We ran four XVs so fixtures, refs, pitches, transport - the lot. Spent most of my time on the phone when not in the Roborough! That year, having spent the Autumn fixing matches, the permafrost of winter 63 which turned the ground into granite for weeks on end, meant I spent the Spring cancelling matches!

The 1st XV 'big' games ( apart that is from St Luke's who usually thrashed us) were against some quite tough Cornish sides - Redruth/Truro/Penzance-Newlyn . I was also able to use some contacts in Oxford to get the Oxford University Greyhounds to play us when on tour.

And as for somewhere called Loughborough - wasn't even on the radar!

Still, brings back some good memories: all seems like yesterday.

 

David Blake, 1963-66

Mike Stickler, 1963-67

I arrived at Exeter in 1963 and was very fortunate to spend my first 2 years in Mardon Hall. I was selected for the 1st team and certainly played for a couple of seasons.

After school playing club rugby was quite a step up but I really enjoyed it and although I cannot remember winning many games we did play all the top West Country sides. We always struggled against St. Lukes and that was usually their 3rd XV.

This was my first real introduction to beer which I quickly acquired a taste for since after the matches much of it was free. I am pleased to say I have retained my pleasure for real ale to this day.

Memorable moments included a match against Penzance-Newlyn (as they were called in those days).

I was playing fly-half that day and was surprised that entry to the ground was through turnstiles. Since then I cannot remember any occasions where anyone would have paid to watch me play.

On return journeys we would usually stop at the odd pub. On one occasion this was the Jamaica Inn located on Bodmin Moor. This  famous pub was renowned for smuggling. We were all pretty jolly and started a mock battle with some of the old swords that were decorating the walls. As a result of which we all received a lifetime ban. I suspect I may well be safe today should I return.

I also recall when playing Wiveliscombe first having to clear the sheep off the pitch.

After a short break I restarted my rugby career with Tunbridge Wells and ended my career about 10 years later nursing a couple of hamstrings.

After graduating from Exeter I joined Cooper Brothers (now PWC), a London based accountancy firm. One reason for joining was the fact that they allowed several extra weeks holiday in the summer to allow time off for exam revision. Having had three month long summer breaks at university it would otherwise have been too great a shock to suddenly be reduced to a couple of weeks. Gap years were virtually unheard of in those days.

Soon after qualifying I joined a computer software company. During this time I carried out a few property development projects and eventually, aged 50 went full time into property development and investment........and I am still at it. 

At 77 years old I remain happily married with my three sons all working in London in banking insurance and property.

 

Miles Buckinghamshire, 1964-67

 1st XV squad for 1966/67 Captained by Gareth Williams

Left-right:

Bob Morton, [?], Mick Barry (Vice-Captain ), Gareth Williams (Captain ), David (?) Perry, Gerard Elias, Bob Owen

2nd Row: Tony Moore , [?], [?] Patrick Elias , [?], Al Owens, Keith Townrow

Back row: [?], Andy Stamp , John Foley, Dick Towers (?), Chris Harrison, [?]

 

This section will be developed as rugby alumni provide information. Please send any relevant memories you have as well as any photos or documents (programmes / annual dinner documents / league tables etc) / that you want to share here to sportsalumni@exeter.ac.uk.

  • What Exeter University Rugby meant to me
  • Most memorable moments
  • Life post Exeter

 

Philip Fladgate, Captain 1976-79

A few photos of St Luke's 1st XV 1977-78 and a newspaper article from the Western Morning News on the EURFC teams for the UAU Finals in 1979.

 

 

 

This section will be developed as rugby alumni provide information. Please send any relevant memories you have as well as any photos or documents (programmes / annual dinner documents / league tables etc) / that you want to share here to sportsalumni@exeter.ac.uk.

  • What Exeter University Rugby meant to me
  • Most memorable moments
  • Life post Exeter

This section will be developed as rugby alumni provide information. Please send any relevant memories you have as well as any photos or documents (programmes / annual dinner documents / league tables etc) / that you want to share here to sportsalumni@exeter.ac.uk

  • What Exeter University Rugby meant to me
  • Most memorable moments
  • Life post Exeter

 

Simon Pallant, 1991-94

 

This section will be developed as rugby alumni provide information. Please send any relevant memories you have as well as any photos or documents (programmes / annual dinner documents / league tables etc) / that you want to share here to sportsalumni@exeter.ac.uk.

  • What Exeter University Rugby meant to me
  • Most memorable moments
  • Life post Exeter

This section will be developed as rugby alumni provide information. Please send any relevant memories you have as well as any photos or documents (programmes / annual dinner documents / league tables etc) / that you want to share here to sportsalumni@exeter.ac.uk.

  • What Exeter University Rugby meant to me
  • Most memorable moments
  • Life post Exeter