Rugby union is an inclusive game, for all shapes and sizes, in which teamwork, discipline, respect and sportsmanship providing a healthy, physical sport, which develops life skills and lifelong friendships, whilst providing fun and enjoyment for all its participants"
RFU Rugby Core Values Task Group 2009
Sussex Rugby Football Union was formed in 1883 and governs Rugby Union in East and West Sussex, and the city of Brighton & Hove
The City of Brighton and Hove, is the home of one of the oldest Rugby clubs in the world, Brighton Football Club (RFU) - because they started playing in 1868, before the Football Association (Soccer) was founded, they retain the title "Football Club" in their name. Several other Sussex Clubs were also in existence in the 1880's and Brighton, Worthing and Hastings formed the Sussex Rugby Football Union in 1883. Our most recent members - Horley RFC and 1066 Conquerors RFC joined in 2008. The ancient County of Sussex was later divided into the administrative areas of West Sussex, East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove.
There are 40 Clubs in membership, in most towns and many villages, together with three Universities at Sussex, Brighton (including their Eastbourne campus), and Chichester.
Sussex RFU are a 'Constituent Body' (known as a 'CB') of the Rugby Football Union, the ruling authority of the game of Rugby Union in England, who devolve to us the responsibility of being the governing body of all Rugby Union played in the ancient County of Sussex. Sussex RFU covers the administrative areas of East and West Sussex, and the City of Brighton and Hove, within the ancient County of Sussex which runs for 90 miles (144 kms) along the South coast of England.
Sussex RFU work closely with RFU Community Rugby, the Sussex Schools Rugby Union and the Sussex Society of Rugby Union Referees.
Information for Sussex Representative & District Rugby Teams can be found HERE