University of Birmingham Medical Society

Rugby - Men's

Entering its 62nd Season “The Cloob” is the oldest society at the medical school outdating even the Medsoc itself.

As twice National Medical Schools Cup (NAMS) champions, our 1st XV are one of the most successful medical school sides in the country. In 2019/20 season we will also be entering the West Midlands Reserve League, playing against the reserve teams of semi-professional sides from across the West Midlands. Alongside our 1st XV we have our 2nd XV “The Airsharks”. Last season, The Airsharks played in the newly formed ‘Brum Cup’ a local league for university development sides from Aston University, Wolverhampton University, BCU as well as the UoB Engineers and UoB Freshers XV. Unfortunately, this competition did not go to completion, however with victories over the UoB Freshers and Engineers, the Airsharks can make a claim to be the best intramural side on campus and will be aiming to win this competition next year. As well as this, the Airsharks play in the National Medical Schools 2nd XV Cup (NAMS) and will, like the 1st XV, be aiming to win the competition and play in front of crowds of a few thousand on the finals day. As well as fielding experienced school players, the Airsharks also recruit players who have never played rugby before university, many of whom have even gone on to play for the 1st XV. In recent years our 1st XV have enjoyed success in one of the biggest events in the UoB sporting calendar- Brum Varsity, with two victories against the University of Birmingham 1st XV.


Each year we aim for our exploits on the pitch to be more than matched off it. Highlights of a busy social calendar include our annual tour (recent destinations including Leeds, Cardiff, Dublin and Manchester), the infamous weekend away in Southampton and Block Fixture. Topping it all off is our spectacular Rugby Dinner, an unforgettable evening words cannot truly describe, enjoyed in the company of the lovely Rugby Birds and our strong network of Old Boys alumni form as far back as graduating over 40 years ago.


So, whether you’re an experienced academy rugby player or just fancy trying rugby for the first time, we provide rugby at all levels and a social calendar you won’t want to miss. We look forward to meeting you at Freshers’ Week and Trials’ Day (another unmissable event) – look out for the blue and gold ties and tweed!


Matt ‘Snesk’ Eskell, Chairman

Check out our social media:


Insta: @ubms_rfc

Twitter: @UBMSRFC


or send me an e-mail if you have any questions -

We look forward to seeing you in the coming season!

Matt Eskell - Chairman, UBMSRFC 


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21 Sep 2020

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