The Student Rugby Development day, hosted annually at Twickenham Stadium by the RFU, Student’s RFU and BUCS, this year attracted a record 250 students, staff and administrators from across the university game.

A message of partnership, collaborative working, development and inspiration began with welcomes from Mark Saltmarsh, Students’ RFU Chairman Phil Attwell and BUCS CEO, Vince Mayne. The joint message was that the student game is strongest when the RFU, SRFU and BUCS are working together towards a common aim.

Breakout sessions included Young Referees, University Sevens, Leaving a Legacy and the Women’s Rugby Landscape, and there were inspiring talks from England Sevens Head Coach, Simon Amor, Dr Mike England and the Red Roses Head Coach, Simon Middleton.

The University Awards had a record number of universities nominated and were presented by World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi. Vince Mayne, CEO of BUCS presenting the BUCS Super Rugby Player of the Season award and Bob Reeves, President of the Students RFU, presenting the Vaughan Parry Williams Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Rugby.

Winners and runners up:

Student Referee of the Year: Charlie Stevens, Oxford University
Runner-up: Harvey Knight, Loughborough University

Student Coach of the Year: Keith Howie, University of Bolton
Runner-up: Stevie Farrow, Essex University

Staff Member of the Year: Annie Potter, University of York
Runner-up: Jordan Grimshaw, Keele University

Volunteer of the Year: Dave Turner, University of Exeter
Runner-up: Mick Woodley, Durham University

Female Player of the Year: Heather Kerr, Durham University
Runner-up: Clara Neilson, University of Exeter

Women’s Team of the Year: Liverpool JohnMoores
Runner-up: LSE

Men’s Team of the Year: Hartpury College
Runner-up: University of Exeter 1st XV

The Vaughan Parry Williams Award: Peter Johnson

BUCS Super Rugby Player of the Season: Joint winners Tom Lawday, University of Exeter and Seb Negri, Hartpury College

The Students Rugby Football Union Annual General Meeting will be held on the 20th May at Twickenham Stadium on the day of the HSBC World Sevens Series. For more information about attending please contact universities@rfu.com.

by Paddy Craig