Rugby at Swansea University

Swansea University Rugby Club has a very proud and successful history and has recently established a Performance Academy to ensure that our current squad can achieve and develop during their time at University whilst also pursuing success.

Swansea has a rich history of coaches and players who have used Swansea University as a critical part of their development. Under the current leadership of Richard Lancaster the 1st XV has secured promotion into the BUCS Premier (Southern) League, the highest tier of University competition and won a number of Welsh Varsity titles. In the 2010/11 season Swansea were easily the best University side in the UK coming runners up in the Premier League and comfortably beating rivals Cardiff in the Welsh Varsity

The profile of the annual Welsh Varsity Match between Swansea and Cardiff University has also helped to grow the awareness and recruitment of the team with Swansea now attracting students from across Wales, the UK and Internationally.

With the introduction of a Performance Academy at Swansea University in association with Ospreys Rugby and Scarlets rugby we fully expect the team to go from Strength to strength.

Discover More...


University College Swansea was formed in 1920 and the rugby playing students soon organised themselves into an active club. Although other Welsh University Colleges at Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Bangor had been well established for many years previous, Swansea soon proved, during the first twenty years of its existence, that it was one of the most successful and leading rugby playing universities in Wales and England. By 1930 the relatively small and tight knit campus of approximately 400 students was benefiting from the influx of players produced by local rugby playing schools. Young student players came from such areas as Carmarthen, Llanelli, Gwendraeth Valley, Amman Valley, Gowerton, Neath and Port Talbot as well as Swansea. Rugby fixtures were played against neighbouring "second class" clubs but the 'bread and butter' competitions were provided by the University of Wales Championship. This progressed through to the University Athletic Association (U.A.U.) competition which included the best of the English Universities. Until the establishment of the Sketty Lane playing fields around 1936, facilities were provided on the Singleton Campus and at St. Helens, the home of Swansea RFC. 

The 1930's proved to be a "golden era" with a number of student players and university teams gaining unprecedented success. In 1929 the College XV include three players who would later achieve great distinction by captaining Wales at senior level - Watcyn Thomas, Claude Davy and Idwal Rees. Later, student Haydn Tanner (1936-1939) also captained his country in the post World War II period. He became a British Lion (1938) and one of the few players to represent his country before and after the war. When Swansea RFC (the "All Whites") defeated New Zealand in 1935, six Swansea University students (past and present) played in the "All Whites" three-quarter line - Granville Davies, Ronnie Williams, Gwyn Griffiths, Clause Davey, W TH Davies and Haydn Tanner. 

Click here to learn more about our history


The club operates 4 BUCS teams, 1 Saturday team and 2 freshmen teams along with a ladies team

Our training week means players can quickly find their level and ensures the maximum amount of rugby possible for the club.










HPG – Team Session

HPG – Team Run


HPG Recovery

HPG Review



HPG – Conditioning


BUCS Games

2nd XV Training


Freshmen Games

HPG Unit Session


2nd XV Training


Freshmen Training


Saturday League Games


3rd XV Training



Freshmen Greens Training


Freshmen Whites Training


The High Performance Group help younger players to develop and coach the plays and patterns of the first team right through the club.

High Performance Group

A HPG of 40 players is initially selected at the beginning of the season and reviewed each month. Not all players can play for the 1st XV however training times allow players to train with other teams should they not gain selection to continue development and prepare them for their opportunity.

The High Performance Group runs along side both the Ospreys Academy Structure and Scarlets Academy Structure with coaches from both regions assisting in the Performance Academy. This ensures those already in a regional academy have the ability to study whilst training with coaches on their academic doorstep but also players who may have missed out on selection for academy structures being in a position to prove their worth to regional coaches.

For incoming players who wish to apply for membership of the Swansea University RFC HPG please apply to Allan Flowers

The programme for the High Performance Group is:

Sunday evening: Unit Session and Core Skills

Monday morning: Team Session

Monday evening: Conditioning and gym team session

Tuesday morning: Captains Run

Wednesday: Game day

Thursday morning: Recovery

Friday morning: Video analysis and individual reviews

Saturday: Day off

Meet Our Staff/Coaches

Head Coach: Alan Flowers

Assistant Coach: Leigh Davies

Conditioning Coach: Gareth Beer

Team Manager: Spencer Cawley