Sydney University Football Club

Sydney Uni Football Club
Full name Sydney University Football Club
Nickname(s) The Students
Founded 1863 (1863)
Location Sydney, Australia
Ground(s) University Oval No.2,[1] Sydney University
Coach(es) Tim Davidson
Captain(s) David Hickey
League(s) Shute Shield, NSWSRU
Team kit
Official website

Sydney University Football Club, founded in 1863 (this date was disputed by historian Tom Hickie who argues that it was 1865),[2] is the oldest club now playing rugby union in Australia and is also the oldest rugby club in the world outside the British Isles.[3]

Sydney Uni was a member of the inaugural Sydney club competition in 1874, 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.

After playing home games at the Sydney University Oval No.1 for 153 years, the club switched to Oval No.2 for the 2016 season after building a new training facility and grandstand at that ground accommodating 1200 spectators.[1]

Club information


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.[4]

The club is often referred to as the "Students". Its nicknames have also included "Quizkids" and "Varsity". It is also referred to as "The Birthplace of Australian Rugby" or simply "The Birthplace".


Rugby at Sydney Uni 1934.

* Premiership Titles - Shute Shield: (25) 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1937, 1939, 1945, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1970, 1972, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013

International representatives

Over one hundred Sydney University players have been selected to play for Australia.[5] 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). Subsequent representatives include Dave Dennis, Dean Mumm, Will Skelton, Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley and Israel Folau.

Current Super Rugby players

Will Caldwell playing for Sydney University


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