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St Mary’s University and Old Elthamians RFC are offering students a fantastic opportunity to combine higher education studies with high-level professional rugby union support, offering excellence on the pitch and in the classroom.

As part of a ground-breaking five-year partnership, Old Elthamians RFC are offering exceptional scholarships for talented rugby players. This programme will see students join the Men’s Rugby Performance Programme
OldEsmall (MRPP) that grants access to high-quality professional coaching, strength & conditioning services, performance analysis, rehabilitation and massage services, performance workshops and use of the University’s world-class training facilities.

Students unsuccessful in their applications for the MRPP will also have opportunities to play for the club’s 2nd and 3rd teams, accessing high-quality coaching and being part of a successful club environment, competing in BUCS competitions on Wednesday afternoons.

Please note that applications for 2019/20 are now closed. More information about opportunities for September 2020 entry will be available on this page in the coming weeks. For further information please contact our Sports Performance Officer at