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Sydney University Football Club

Sydney University Football Club
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Full nameSydney University Football Club
Nickname(s)The Students, Varsity
Founded1863; 157 years ago (1863)
LocationSydney, Australia
Ground(s)Sydney University Football Ground (No.2 Oval),[1] Sydney University (Capacity: 1,200)
Coach(es)Co-Coaches. Joe Horn-Smith and Michael Hodge' Asst. Coach Chris Malone
Captain(s)Guy Porter
League(s)Shute Shield, NSWSRU
2019Minor Premiers and Winners of Shute Shield. Grand Final: SUFC 21 v Warringah 16
Team kit
Official website

The Sydney University Football Club, founded in 1863, is the oldest club now playing rugby union in Australia,[2] although this date is disputed by historian Tom Hickie who argues that it was 1865.[3]

Sydney Uni was a member of the inaugural Sydney club competition in 1874,[citation needed] along with the Balmain Rugby Union Football Club, Newington College and The King's School. The club currently competes in the Shute Shield competition and has the most senior premiership titles of all Sydney clubs.[citation needed]

After playing home games at the Sydney University Oval No.1 for 153 years, the club moved to the redeveloped Oval No.2 for the 2016 season. The Sydney University Sports and Fitness Union completed the building of a new training facility and grandstand at that ground accommodating 1,200 spectators.[1]

Club information

  • Women's Rugby: Founded in 1994. In 2019 the team defeated the Randwick Magic 34-3 and in 2018 defeated the Warringah Ratettes 38–17.
  • Women's 7s Series

The University of Sydney competed in the 2019 AON University 7s series finishing in third place

  • Juniors:

Founded in 2005 and comprises Balmain Junior Rugby Club, Canterbury Rugby and Petersham Juniors Rugby Club. These clubs include girls and boys teams.

  • Uniform colors:

Saxe Blue & Gold hoops

  • SUFC Statistics: Club Statistician is Craig 'Fizza' Fear.[4]


The club is officially known as "Sydney University Football Club" because it was the first club of any football code in NSW. The club also played Australian rules football in its early history, making it the first NSW club in that code as well.[5]

The club is often referred to as “The Students" as well as "The Birthplace of Australian Rugby" or simply "The Birthplace".[citation needed]


Rugby at Sydney Uni 1934.

Premiership Titles since 1900 (the Shute Shield started in 1923): (32) 1901 (shared), 1904, 1919, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1937, 1939, 1945, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1970, 1972, 2001, 2005 to 2010, 2012, 2013, 2018, 2019

The Club has won 28 Shute Shield Major Premierships and has been runners-up 12 times. In total, the Club has won 50 Premierships and has been runners-up 24 times since 1865.

Australian Club Champions: (5) 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2020

Gregor George Cup Club Championships: (24) 1927, 1937, 1941, 1942, 1961, 1983, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

International representatives

To date, 128 Sydney University players have been selected to play for Australia.[6] The first Australian representative was Hyram Marks in 1899. The club's most famous Wallaby would probably be Nick Farr-Jones, who had a long representative career (including World Cup success). Our most recent Wallaby is Harry Johnson-Holmes who made his debut in June 2019 v South Africa.

Wallabies - 2019 Folau Fainga'a, Tolu Latu, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps and Harry Johnson-Holmes

Rugby World Cup Squad - 2019 Japan Folau Fainga'a, Tolu Latu and Bernard Foley

Aussie 7's Men's Squad 2020 Stuart Dunbar, Angus Bell , Matthew Hood

The Club has produced 13 Australian Female Representatives of which 9 are Wallaroos, our more recent debutant being Emily Chancellor (August 2018).

Wallaroos - 2019 Grace Hamilton (Captain Wallaroos), Emily Chancellor and Iliseva Batibasaga.

Aussie 7's Women's Squad 2020 Jakiya Whitfeld

# Denotes Uncapped

Super Rugby players 2020 Men's Squads

Will Caldwell playing for Sydney University

Super Rugby players 2020 Women's Squad

  • Iliseva Batibasaga
  • Emily Chancellor
  • Noella Green
  • Fi Jones
  • Sera Naigama
  • Taz Sheppard
  • Adiana Talakai
  • Bridie O'Gorman
  • Piper Duck

# Denotes Uncapped

See also


  1. ^ a b "Sydney University No.2 Oval and Grandstand Update". Sydney University Football Club. 8 December 2015. Archived from the original on 29 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  2. ^ Football in Australia - Australia's Culture Portal Archived 2009-05-15 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Hickie, Thomas V., A Sense of Union. The History of the Sydney University Football Club, 1998, ISBN 0949853623
  4. ^ "Club Statistics". Archived from the original on 16 April 2020. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "FIzza's Facts & Stats, Round 17 2019". Archived from the original on 30 August 2006.

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