Former UWE Bristol student Lovejoy Chawatama

Performance sport - Rugby Union Men

Rugby Union Men

The UWE Rugby Union Men's Club is one of the Universities largest clubs competing in the Premier South B tier of BUCS. The club is forever expanding and caters for players of all standards from recreational league players to senior internationals.


Our partnership with Bristol Rugby enables UWE Bristol to offer scholarships to players identified by the Championship club as having future elite potential and who wish to combine their professional rugby aspirations with academic study with players having access to Bristol Academy training sessions.

UWE Bristol has recently established a partnership with Bishopston RFC which caters for all the clubs training needs as well as providing opportunity for Local Saturday League games.


At Frenchay Campus the halls of residence and Centre for Sport allow young student-athletes the opportunity to live an elite athletic lifestyle with combining their studies. For Rugby this means the opportunity to use the state of the art High Performance Gym which caters for all of the strength and conditioning needs of the Rugby Union programme.

UWE 1st XV Games are home to Clifton RFC’s first team pitch that competes at national league division 1.

Training and Competition

The UWE Rugby Union Club has 2 teams and both receive regular coaching throughout the week, preparing them for BUCS competitions. As well as representational sides playing on Wednesday’s students have the opportunity to play in the merit leagues, a great outlet for both elite and developing athletes, as well as playing in Touch Rugby or join street rugby socially.

There are two weekly team sessions as well as opportunities to train at the High Performance gym where the Strength and Conditioning team build a programme around the timetable of the athlete so it fits in with their studies.

Monday – 18:30-20:30

Wednesday – BUCS Fixtures or Merit League

Friday – 08:00-09:00

Coaching Team

The coaching team is a group of highly motivated and talented coaches who all share a common goal: to produce excellence in coaching and ensure all players get the most from Rugby.

Simon Weaver – UWE Rugby Union Head Coach

Simon resides in Bristol and first started playing rugby at an early age representing club, county and gaining honours for Wales. On gaining his degree from Hartpury in Sports Coaching and Conditioning Simon represented the University as a player but also moved into coaching alongside working for the RFU developing the sport.

Simon is a level 3 Rugby Coach who joined the UWE Bristol coaching team in 2008 becoming Head Coach in 2011. Through his career he has gained success with Gloucestershire U20s, 2 BUCS Trophies, back to back promotions and worked with Bristol RFC. He has also worked with a number of players who have gone on to representative honours and semi or full-time contracts recent examples include: James Cordy-Redden (Cross keys and Wales 7s), Lovejoy Chatawama (England Students and London Scottish), Ryan Edwards (England Students and Bristol RFC), Marco Mama (Bristol RFC) and Liam Wilkinson (England Students and Grasse Olympique-Fed2). 

Kei Bergh – UWE Rugby Union 2nd XV Coach

Mike Panaho – UWE Rugby Union Forwards Coach

Auguy Slowik – UWE Rugby Union Backs Coach


Name - Simon Dalton Shaw
Born – Nairobi, Kenya
Representation – England,
Achievements – England, British and Irish Lions, Barbarian FC

Name – Kyran Paul Bracken
Born – Dublin, Ireland
Representation - England
Achievements - England

Name – Marko Peter Stanojevic
Born – Birmingham, England
Representation – Italy
Achievements - Italy

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