Cambridge R.U.F.C.

Cambridge Rugby Union Football Club or CRUFC ('The Blood & Sand') is a rugby union club representing the city of Cambridge, England. Formed in 1923 the club currently competes in the third tier of the English rugby union system, National League 1, following promotion from National League 2 South in 2016. The club plays its home matches at the 1,250 capacity Grantchester Road ground, in the suburb of Newnham, approximately two kilometres south-west of the city centre.

Cambridge (CRUFC)
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Full nameCambridge Rugby Union Football Club
UnionEastern Counties RFU
Founded1923; 98 years ago (1923)
LocationCambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Ground(s)Grantchester Road (Capacity: 1,250 (200 seats))
League(s)National League 1
2019–2010th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.crufc.co.uk

The club runs three senior squads: the national league squad, a development squad, and a social squad. At junior level the club runs one of the oldest mini and youth rugby sections in the country, starting back in the early 1970s, with a colts team for under-18s.

HistoryEdit

Cambridge RUFC was formed in 1923 and was settled in its current ground by the 1950s. In 1993 the club was offered the opportunity to buy the lease on its existing three pitches and to buy adjoining land for a further three pitches from King's College. Floodlights were added to one of these pitches in 2003 so that evening games might be played and the light available for training was improved.

Cambridge RUFC joined the newly formed league structure in 1988 and by 1991 was playing in London 3 North East. After five years in this division, the club was promoted to London 2 North and after four years in this division, was promoted at the end of the 1998–99 season to London 1, which feeds into the National Leagues. In the Club's first season in London 1, they achieved 4th place, plus a run to the semi-final of the NPI Cup, falling just one match from Twickenham, after defeat away at Hull by 21–17. London 1 status was secured again for the 2001–02 Season, but the squad led to relegation at the end of that season. However, by the end of the 2003–04 season, a rebuilt side regained promotion to London 1. Cambridge also won the Eastern Counties Cup for the first time and regained the Cambridgeshire Cup from perennial rivals Shelford. This time, the stay in London 1 was to be even shorter; At the end of an exciting season the League championship lay between Worthing and Cambridge at the start of the final round of matches: Worthing at home to Canterbury and Cambridge at home to Basingstoke. The championship would go to the team achieving the greatest points difference. In the event, Cambridge won by 96–15 and Worthing were condemned to the play-offs. Cambridge went on to beat Norwich in the Eastern Counties Cup Final and Shelford in the Cambridgeshire Cup Final — the second successive treble, and promotion to National League rugby for the first time.

In the 2005–06 season Cambridge once again secured promotion after a two horse race. This time with Norfolk & East Anglian Giants North Walsham who had been present in this league for well over a decade. Cambridge squeezed past them with a last day win at Reading while North Walsham failed by 21–20 at Southend. This was all the more lucky as North Walsham had secured the bonus point for four tries but failed with all four conversions. In the 2006–07 season Cambridge managed to consolidate their position in National Division Two with a 9th-place finish. In the 2008–09 season Cambridge finished second in the league and would have been promoted had it not been for the re-organisation of the leagues in mid season.

Current seasonEdit

2019–20 National League 1 Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Richmond (C) 25 20 0 5 741 347 394 12 5 97
2 Rosslyn Park 25 18 1 6 728 472 256 12 4 90
3 Rams 25 19 0 6 680 521 159 16 2 89[a]
4 Chinnor 25 16 2 7 631 502 129 13 4 85
5 Blackheath 25 16 1 8 621 511 110 12 4 82
6 Plymouth Albion 25 13 2 10 698 617 81 14 5 75
7 Darlington Mowden Park 25 13 1 11 796 517 279 14 6 74
8 Old Elthamians 25 13 1 11 574 501 73 10 4 68
9 Cambridge 25 12 2 11 571 560 11 11 4 67
10 Cinderford 23 13 0 10 526 452 74 7 6 65
11 Sale FC 25 12 0 13 621 602 19 10 6 64
12 Bishop's Stortford 24 9 2 13 599 595 4 12 9 61
13 Birmingham Moseley 25 8 0 17 505 649 −144 4 8 44
14 Rotherham Titans (R) 25 6 1 18 490 727 −237 7 7 40
15 Canterbury (R) 25 2 0 23 357 824 −467 2 6 16
16 Hull Ionians (R) 24 1 1 22 330 1071 -741 3 2 11
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 14 March 2020
Source: "National League 1". NCA Rugby.

League historyEdit

OverallEdit

Year League Position Notes
1987–88 No League
1988–89 Eastern Counties Division One
1989–90 London Division Four North-East
1990–91 London Division Three North-East
1991–92 London Division Three North-East 1st
1992–93 London Division Three North-East
1993–94 London Division Three North-East
1994–95 London Division Three North-East
1995–96 London Division Two North
1996–97 London Division Two North 4th
1997–98 London Division Two North 3rd
1998–99 London Division Two North 1st promoted to London Division One
1999–00 London Division One 4th NPI Cup semi-final
2000–01 London Division One 8th
2001–02 London Division One 12th relegated
2002–03 London Division Two North 4th
2003–04 London Division Two North 2nd promoted via play-off; Eastern Counties & Cambridgeshire Cup champions
2004–05 London Division One 1st promoted; Eastern Counties & Cambridgeshire Cup champions
2005–06 National Division Three South 1st promoted; Eastern Counties & Cambridgeshire Cup champions
2006–07 National Division Two 9th 5th round in Powergen National Trophy
2007–08 National Division Two 5th
2008–09 National Division Two 2nd would have been promoted but for the RFU league structure changes
2009–10 National League 1 4th league renamed
2010–11 National League 1 3rd
2011–12 National League 1 12th
2012–13 National League 1 16th relegated
2013–14 National League 2 South 7th
2014–15 National League 2 South 6th
2015–16 National League 2 South 1st promoted to National League 1
2016–17 National League 1 14th
2017–18 National League 1 10th

PlayersEdit

A number of players have gone on to gain International rugby honours, including Dickie Jeeps (England and British Lions), Andy Hancock (England), Bob Steven (Scotland), Trefor Evans (Wales), Simon Culhane New Zealand, including appearances in the 1995 World Cup Finals, and Alex Goode (England). Many more have earned age grade or England Counties caps. In 2014 Martin Wolfenden represented Zimbabwe in the qualifying competition for the Rugby World Cup.

The club's most capped player is the late Shaun Gadsby who made 505 appearances for the club, his last being in the 2003/04 season aged 40.

HonoursEdit

Senior teamEdit

Youth teamsEdit

  • Eastern Counties U-17s Cup (3): 1992, 2002, 2006
  • Eastern Counties U-19s Cup (3): 1994, 2003, 2004
  • National U-19 Plate (1): 2002

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Rams deducted 5 points due to an issue with their Payment of Players declaration during the 2018–19 National League 2 South season.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "RAMS DEDUCTED 5 POINTS". Rams RFC (Pitchero). 26 February 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2020.

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