Women'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.

The Women’s Rugby Programme consists of approx. 120 players that compete over 4 competitions:

  • RFU Allianz Premier 15s
  • BUCS National League
  • BUCS Premier North
  • BUCS Midlands 2A

Our performance teams compete in RFU Allianz Women’s Premiership and in BUCS National League, the top tier of University rugby whilst the students 2nd team competes in the Premier North and the 3rd team in Midlands 2A.

The rugby programme benefits from formal partnerships with England 7s, and the RFU, which allows us to deliver a High Performance programme to support aspiring and current  internationals.

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 support.


A normal training week includes:

  • 1 match (Saturday or Wednesday)
  • 3 team rugby sessions
  • Additional units and skills sessions
  • Video analysis
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Massage and Physiotherapy

Notable alumni

Loughborough University has played an integral role in the development of the women’s rugby, with many of the key players having played at Loughborouugh.

Notable alumni include:

  • Sarah Hunter
  • Sarah Bonar
  • Claire Allen
  • Justine Lucas


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