University of Waikato Rugby Club

Founded in 1961, the University of Waikato Rugby Club (UWRC) has a 50-year tradition of providing the best platform for talented rugby players to reach higher honours and to provide members with team experiences they can cherish for life.

Whether you want to socialise and have fun or play competitively at an elite level, students at the University of Waikato can reach their full potential by playing for UWRC. Based on campus at the Don Llewellyn Sports Pavilion, UWRC is the rugby club of choice for students in the Waikato. With four men's rugby teams ranging from Premier level through to social and one women's team, the club caters for players of all abilities.

The club fosters inclusiveness with past players remaining linked with the sport through the Varstonians and the opportunity to provide for students not only as players but as managers, coaches and administrators.


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The University of Waikato Rugby Club is a member of University of Waikato Sports Clubs (UWSC)

UTSNZ Sevens

Female students have the opportunity to join Team Waikato and represent the University of Waikato at the University and Tertiary Sport NZ (UTSNZ) National Tertiary Women’s Rugby Sevens Championships.

The 2017, the UoW women's team finished 2nd overall, with 3 players being selected into the tournament team.

The 2018, the UTSNZ Women's Seven's Championships was held at Fraser Tech in Hamilton on 4 February. The University of Waikato women's team made the final, playing inside FMG Stadium Waikato as part of the HSBC NZ Sevens, and won the championship! With 5 players being selected into the tournament team.

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Social sport

Social Sport is one of Hamilton’s premier social competitions and takes place on campus at the University of Waikato. Offering a range of sports including Touch Rugby, Social Sport caters for all levels of sporting ability.

As part of the Social Sport Outdoor Series, Touch Rugby takes place between October – February, with all games being played on the University of Waikato fields:

  • 14-week league
  • Tuesdays, 5.40pm – 8.00pm
  • 35-minute games
  • Mixed teams (at least two females on the field at all times)
  • Six players on the field (maximum of 12 per team)

For more information, visit the Social Sport website

High performance

The University of Waikato works in partnership with the Waikato Rugby Union to support talented rugby players. Find out how the University provides athlete support.