In this week’s segment, Charlotte Johnson and Charlie Newhall give us a glimpse into what it’s like to be a captain in the university’s Rugby Union sides.
How did you get into the sport?
CN: I first got into rugby when I was 8 years old, playing touch at my local club Cheltenham Tigers. Since then rugby has been a constant in my life. All throughout school and now at University I’ve played at every opportunity I could get, and I’ve loved every minute of it!
CJ: I started playing rugby in my second year as a complete beginner. I had been involved in other sports across university but wanted to be part of a team. A couple of friends came with me a Give it a Go session and I enjoyed it so much I never stopped going!
What’s it like being in the Rugby Union club?
CN: There’s nothing quite like being part of Rugby Union at university. We have a fantastic new coach in Ants Posa who has shaped us into a really exciting, attacking club. Training is really varied and exciting, especially on our brand new 4G pitch up at Norton Sports Park. You get to play every week with your best mates and then go out and have a great time together afterwards.
CJ: Playing rugby at university is so much fun, the girls are so friendly & there is so much going on! I don’t think people realise how much the club has to offer aside from actually playing rugby. We play intramural netball, touch rugby, have strength and conditioning sessions, weekly socials, tour, volunteer. There is always something going on.
How did the club do last year?
CN: Last year was the most successful year in the club’s history. Our 1st XV completed an unprecedented treble. That is: winning the league, the BUCS Trophy and beating Hallam at Varsity. On top of that we won our promotion play off and got promoted to North Premier B, the highest standard the club has ever competed at- just two promotions below BUCS Super Rugby which is televised on BT Sport!
How can people get in touch?
CJ: If you’re interested in joining SULRFC, give us a message on Facebook ‘Sheffield University Ladies Rugby Football Club’ or e-mail us @ firstname.lastname@example.org . There is plenty more information on the Sport Sheffield website – we would love to have you!
CN: The SURFC is a very open and inclusive club. We have players from across the globe who all love what we’re about. We’ve got 4 teams with a range of standards so there’s a place for everybody. If you’re interested then please contact our Club Captain (email@example.com) or find us on Facebook ‘Sheffield University Rugby Football Club’.