1st XV Men

Team Type:


Age Range:

17 And Over


Bournemouth first XV are known as Bournemouth Lions.

Bournemouth Lions play in South West Premier league. This is the premier league for the south west region, level 5 in the national rugby leagues.

Bournemouth Rugby boasts four teams, playing facilities of the highest standard and a great, friendly club atmosphere. From beginners to experts Bournemouth Rugby caters for all levels of ability and experience. All 4 teams play in various leagues and competitions.

The first and second teams are competitive outfits with a focus on results. The third team is a strong, fun outfit that consistently feeds into the 1st and 2nd XVs. The 4th XV is a great team for keen players, particularly new comers, to hone their skills and increase their rugby experience and game time before making their way up the Bournemouth rugby ladder.

The Coaches

Will Croker Director of rugby will continue as the 1st XV coach with his vast rugby playing and coaching experience his impact on the team has been undoubtedly positive.

Jon Sanchez brings a wealth of experience assisting with performance analysis and support of Will Croker


Training for all teams takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with a prompt 7pm start. Most matches are held on a Saturday afternoon. We find this schedule works well as we can achieve a lot and cover a fair amount of work, with a schedule that is not overly demanding for the players.

Strength & Conditioning

The club is striving hard to mirror the professionalism of the modern game. There is a healthy gym culture amongst the keener members of the club. We have also established number of links with nutritionist's and dietitian's where more support is given to players about diet, the right and wrong things to eat, the right times to eat, hydration, and so on. We are sure that this dedication off the field will turn itself into wins on match-day.

Player membership

New players are always welcome and can just turn up and join in. If you would like more information contact a manager or coach . Full membership for an adult player currently stands at £144. Payment can either be in a lump sum or direct debits. Sponsorship can also be arranged either through private arrangement or through the wider club sponsorship program.

Player Membership includes:-

  • Travel to and from the matches

  • Training food and food following matches

  • Playing kit

  • Bournemouth Sports club membership

  • Quality coaching

  • Touch Rugby

  • Member offers at bar and kitchen

  • Free entry to 1st XV home games + one guest free

  • Apply for International tickets

  • Full voting right


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