Legend and stories passed down from players of the past, date the origins of the Sydney University Football Club (SUFC) to 1863 with matches against crews of visiting naval ships. The Sydney University Football Club is the oldest club outside of Britain and the eighth oldest in the world after Guy’s Hospital (1843), Dublin University (1854), Edinburgh Academicals (1857), Liverpool (1857), Blackheath (1858), Richmond (1861) and Sale (1861). “On the afternoon of 19th August, 1865 a rugby match was played on the University grounds. After an exciting struggle, which lasted an hour and a half, during which no goals were obtained by either side, the game was stopped owing to a misunderstanding with regard to the rules.” Sydney Morning Herald 22 August 1865.
The Sydney District Competition was established in 1900. Prior to 1900 SUFC won eighteen 1st Grade competitions and five 2nd Grade competitions, with a first past the post system. SUFC has won 32 1st Grade Premierships and 121 Premierships in total across all Men's Grades and Colts teams since 1900.
The Club has had great success in recent years, consistently featuring in and winning, Grand Finals. The Club has won the Club Championship 24 times, including 16 times consecutively between 2004-2019.
In 2020, all 8 SUFC teams competed in the Finals series, we went on to win Premierships in Womens (3-Peat), 2nd Grade (back-to-back), 1st Colts (back-to-back) and 3rd Colts.
As well as 4 Premierships, the Club also secured 3 Minor Premierships, Women, 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade. 1st Grade won the Australian Club Championship defeating Uni of Queensland 28-8.
The women's team was established in 1994 and compete in the 7s and XVs format of the game. The Women’s XV team competes in the Sydney Women’s Rugby Union Competition for the Jack Scott Cup as well as participating in numerous 7s tournaments throughout spring and summer including the Shute Shield 7s tournament which started in 2018.
In 2019, Sydney University also competed in the AON University 7s series, finishing in 3rd place overall, they also picked up Gold medal in Round 3 and bronze medal in Round 2.
The XVs team is a heavyweight in the Jack Scott Cup, winning 5 from the last 6 titles. In 2020, the Students picked up both Major and Minor Premierships after they went through the regular season undefeated for the third year in a row and claiming the 3-peat.
SUFC has the proud tradition of producing representative players. The Club has produced 128 Australian Representatives, of which 109 are Wallabies. Our most recent Wallabies are Lachlan Swinton and Angus Bell who both made their debut against New Zealand in November 2020). Check out our list of SUFC's Representative Players. In 2020 five Wallabies hailed from SUFC - Angus Bell, Folau Fainga’a, Jake Gordon, Harry Johnson-Holmes and Lachlan Swinton plus we had eight women amongst the Wallaroos training squad - Grace Hamilton (c), Emily Chancellor, Iliseva Batisbasaga, Piper Duck*, Jemima McCalman*, Sera Naiqama*, Fi Jones* and Tasmin Sheppard*.
A further three represented Australian for the Aussie 7s (Angus Bell, Stuart Dunbar and Jakiya Whitfeld) and three (Darcy Breen, Henry Robertson and Josh Kemeny) played for Australia A against Argentina.