DUWRFC was founded in 1984 by Cameron Henderson, who still leads the club. DUWRFC is now the largest university women's rugby programme in the UK, having introduced the first BUCS competing 3rd XV. The club boasts over 90 members across its three teams, welcoming both beginners and professionals. Our most successful thus far was the 2018/19 season, with both the 1st and 2nd XV winning their leagues, unbeaten, and the 1st XV playing in the National Final at Twickenham.
DUWRFC is proud in its commitment to academic achievement and rugby excellence, providing students with top class degrees as well as elite rugby training. All players receive twice-weekly skills training and strength and conditioning.
DUWRFC has a strong sevens programme, playing at the BUCS national tournaments, St Andrew's Sevens, Krakow Sevens and Algarve Sevens, where they face national teams such as Hong Kong. DUWRFC has now created a new sevens team to rival all others - Durham Chimera. This soon will become an invite only team for current students and alumni.
DUWRFC is partnered with Premiership team Darlington Mowden Park (DMP) Durham Sharks, meaning many girls play weekly in the Tyrell’s Premier 15s or DMP Development Squad. Current students involved with their national programmes include Beth Blacklock, Sophie Shams, Jess Cooksey, Lauren Fisher, Teya Ashworth and Maelle Picut. An equally impressive Alumnae include Heather Kerr, Sophie Lee, Megan Ellery, Claudia Macdonald, Caitlin Sedgeworth, Coreen Grant and Roshini Turner who are all involved with their national programmes.
DUWRFC takes raw talent and develops it into maturity with quality coaching, primal workouts and a true love of the sport. Teamwork, family ethos, sportsmanship - these are the hallmarks of DUWRFC.
"Setting the foundations for the club is the most important thing to me"
Cam Henderson, Head Coach
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Maiden Castle, Durham