May 12, 2017

Rugby has always been my favourite sport and it runs in my family. My grandfather played rugby for Oxford University and my mum played rugby for the University of York, a pioneer for women's rugby in the early days.

So it wasn't a surprise that When I arrived as a fresh...

May 6, 2017

Women’s rugby is one of the fastest growing sports around. With the home 2015 Rugby World Cup, men’s and women’s sevens entering the Olympics in 2016 and the Women’s World Cup in 2017, the profile of women’s rugby is more visible than ever before. Women’s participation...

May 3, 2017

Although I am approaching my 40th birthday and coming to the end of my rugby career, I always look back with fond memories at my time in York. I was not a sporty type at school and would often try to bunk off my PE lessons if a team sport was involved. I was no good at...

April 8, 2017

Holidays are supposed to a time of stress-free relaxation, with emphasis on the 'supposed to be'. I had a rather eventful time on tour and thought I would tell a little story, if only for the reason that by the end of this you will be glad you weren’t me.

At 4:45 am I r...

April 7, 2017

Every 4 years a squad of rugby union players from Great Britain and Ireland embarks on a tour to the Southern Hemisphere to play either South Africa, Australia or New Zealand. Players can be picked from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales so competition to get a place...

March 2, 2017

UYWRUFC’s first ever competitive seconds team ended their first season in BUCS on Wednesday and quite frankly, I couldn’t be happier with how the team has blossomed throughout the season. We started our campaign with a 44-0 win over Cumbria in the cup and ended our sea...

February 20, 2017

This week, we found out that UYWRUFC’s policy idea concerning domestic abuse was unanimously approved by the University of York Student Union (YUSU) policy approval committee. This is a HUGE victory not only for the club but for the wider university community in establ...

February 2, 2017

I love my sport, but I hate the way some people see it. I am not a fat, ugly, man hating, raging lesbian, despite the fact that many assume I simply must be, since I play rugby, and I am a woman. The most recent example of my having to confront this was in the queue on...

January 24, 2017

Currently being only one of the two Irish people in the club (shout out Speedy) it almost feels like my duty to formally invite everyone to Ireland to watch the best players in the world play the best game in the world in the best country in the world, so let me give y...

December 17, 2016

  As we close in on winter, have less daylight and procrastinate the hours away until January exams and deadlines, I think it’s important to take a moment to consider how we manage our mental health during these times. Students are under increasing pressure from exams,...

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