Men's Performance Rugby Union

Our performance programme is led by expert coaching staff who are constantly striving to improve both individual and team performance, underpinned by a wide range of skilled support services.

Loughborough Students RFC is a student-based rugby club made up of around 150 players that compete over 5 competitions: 

  • RFU National 1
  • BUCS Super Rugby
  • BUCS Premier North A
  • BUCS Premier North B
  • BUCS Midlands 3B

Our Performance Teams compete in RFU National 1 (Tier 3) and in BUCS Super Rugby, the top tier of University rugby. Our 3rd and 4th XV also compete in the 2nd and 3rd tiers of University Rugby respectively, whilst our 5th XV continues to work up the University leagues.

The Rugby Programme benefits from formal partnerships with England 7s, the RFU and most recently Leicester Tigers, which enhances our ability to provide a professional rugby environment where players can reach their potential.

As a performance squad player you will receive expert coaching, access to our world class facilities, heavily discounted Powerbase gym membership, strength and conditioning training, sports science and sports medicine support. Our Performance Support Team has a vast shared experience of working with coaches and athletes at the very highest level.  Find out more about our team.

Alan Buzza

Director of Rugby

Alan Buzza took up the Director of Rugby role in 2017 having been Head of Performance Programmes for the previous eight years. Prior to that, he was Director of Rugby, overseeing the men’s programme from 2001-2009. Buzza has a strong rugby background, having played for Wasps, toured Canada with England in 1993, and made several England A and England 7s appearances. He is also a winning Cambridge captain and a double blue in rugby and cricket. His coaching background includes two spells with Loughborough Students and coaching Rotherham in the Championship. He is also a Loughborough University graduate.


A normal training week includes:

  • 1 Match (Saturday or Wednesday)
  • 3 Team Rugby Sessions
  • Additional units and skills sessions
  • Video analysis
  • Strength and Conditioning Sessions
  • Massage and physiotherapy
  • Opportunities for individual 1 to 1s with Coaches


For our most exceptional performance rugby players, we offer sports scholarships to help with the costs of training and competition.

Notable alumni

Every year, our most talented leavers go on to sign professional contracts for Championship and Premiership teams. Notable alumni include:

  • Harry Williams - England and Exeter Chiefs
  • Phil Burgess - England 7s and GB 7s
  • Alex Davis - England 7s
  • Henry Taylor - Saracens
  • Harry Elrington - London Irish
  • James Freeman - Exeter Chiefs
  • Ben Kay - Leicester Tigers and England
  • Sir Clive Woodward - Leicester Tigers, England British and Irish Lions Player and Coach

Prospective Students

One of the incredible things about Loughborough Students Rugby Football Club is that, not only are we very successful but we offer a vast array of academic opportunities to our players at both Loughborough College and Loughborough University.

Loughborough Students RFC 1st XV compete in RFU National League 1 which is an open competition. We also run 4 sides competing in the British Universities and Colleges Competition (BUCS) as well as having an array of friendly fixtures. Finally we are extremely proud of our strong 7s history and run both a performance and development 7s programme.

If you are looking to apply for a place please register your interest.  

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