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 30 1st Grade Premierships and 116 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 the last 16 years in a row.
In 2019, all 8 SUFC teams competed in their Semi Finals, with 6 teams playing in Grand Finals, we went on to win Premierships in 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 4th Grade, 1st Colts and the Womens.
As well as 5 Premierships, the Club also secured 3 Minor Premierships, 1st Grade, 3rd Grade and the Women, and 1st Grade also won a number of perpetual trophies during the 18 round competition. Including, the White Ribbon Cup v West Harbour, the David Brockhoff OAM Cup v Eastern Suburbs, the Poidevin Farr-Jones Cup v Randwick, and the John Thornett Cup v Northern Suburbs
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 4 from the last 5 titles. In 2019, the Students picked up both Major and Minor Premierships after they went through the regular season undefeated for the second year in a row.
SUFC has the proud tradition of producing representative players. The Club has produced 128 Australian Representatives, of which 107 are Wallabies. Our most recent Wallaby is Harry Johnson-Holmes who made his debut in June 2019, (SUFC No.107). Check out our list of SUFC's Representative Players. In 2019 six Wallabies hailed from SUFC (Folau Fainga’a, Bernard Foley, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Tolu Latu, Nick Phipps and Tomas Robertson) plus three Wallaroos in Grace Hamilton (c) and Emily Chancellor and Iliseva Batisbasaga.
A further two represented Australian for the Aussie 7s (Matthew Hood and Jakiya Whitfeld) and three (Angus Bell, Darcy Breen and Henry Robertson) made the final of the U20s World Championship in Argentina In addition 22 SUFC players played in Super Rugby teams including Stuart Dunbar, Lachlan Swinton and Chris Talakai who all made their Super Rugby debuts along with eight Women who representated NSW in the Buildcorp Super W competition.