Established in 1937 Rugby Union at Burnage has flourished under the management of generations of dedicated volunteers who have worked tirelessly to create a leading and sustainable grass roots amateur rugby club in the North West.

From the pioneering founders like Bill Varley after whom our Varley Park, Heaton Mersey ground was named in 1976, through to our current committee and an army of ‘dedicated doers’ we run a successful club that puts its rugby first, whilst welcoming a whole host of other sports, community, education, social and commercial groups who use this facility on a daily basis, 365 days a year.

We have invested in our club in honour of the generations that have gone before us and we hope for the many generations that will follow. With multiple commercial activities centred around our Sports fields, Golf Course, floodlit 5-a side and 3G Artificial pitches and the Club House and Bar and catering facilities we run a sustainable business model that allows us to invest in rugby and play at an excellent standard in amateur sport.

Steve Willock: Chairman and Past President

With our 1st Team XV playing at Level 6 and a Strong Second XV and Social Third XV we can cater for all levels of rugby players. So, whether you are a young player looking to improve your game and benefit from our professional coaching and physiotherapy set up, or a social player looking to return to rugby to enjoy all the on and off pitch pleasures of a club community you will be made most welcome at Burnage RFC.

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It is a great honour to be selected to captain the Burnage RFC First XV from the 2019 season. I have the greatest respect for Ralph Lawson who has led the team so successfully over many recent years, including the six-season stint at Level 5 National 3, for which I was proud to have been a member of that squad.

James Hodder

Now it’s my time to make my mark as Captain and lead a serious challenge to promotion places in what we already know is a very competitive league. We have enjoyed a great pre-season in the summer, and I know all team squads are ready for the new season challenge.    

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James Hodder
1st Team Captian


Burnage 2nd xv
fixtures & results

Burnage are lucky enough to have 3 senior teams, with the second team providing a great mix of the competitive and social elements of the game.

Burnage second team offer a great platform to develop players who want to push for the first team, with many regular 2nd teamers running out for the first team last season, While also developing players from our 3rd team into regulars in the 2s.

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Allan Rilley
2nd Team Captian


Burnage 3rd xv
fixtures & results

Welcome to Burnage 3’s, we are the social team of the club but still play at a good competitive level, currently mid table in division 4 east. We are a vast mix of all ages & experience from club veterans who have filtered down the ranks, academy coaches(like myself) who hadn’tplayed in over a decade but,reignited our passion for the game through our children…

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Mark Kirton
3rd Team Captian


Burnage Academy
u5 – u13

At Burnage Rugby Academy we welcome all boys and girls aged between 3 and 13 to join us every Sunday for training and regular fixtures (from u7 up) on our 3g pitch and extensive grass pitches. We are always on the look out for new players so even if your child has no experience at all, as long asthey are enthusiastic, up for some fun and willing to play as part of a team, we’d love to see you down at the club. We promote a real family feel at…

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Mike Thomas
Academy Chairman

As we approach the 2019/20 season, my third as Head Coach, I would like to welcome back to all our existing squad members and also extend a warm welcome to all our new players. The outstanding facilities, excellent medical, management and coaching teams, a supportive DOR, Chairman and Committee and a club proud of its amateur status, but operating as well as any professional club in my experience make Burnage Rugby Club a great place to play your rugby. 

For those players looking to challenge and develop themselves, our 1st XV provides an environment in which you will be tested on a weekly basis playing at level 6. Our 2nd XV provides a great environment for players who want to learn and develop, often under the guidance of members of the 1st XV squad. For those looking for a more social approach to their rugby, our 3rd XV accommodates this with regular league fixtures.
As a former Championship Player and Level 4 RFU Coach, the environment we have created at the Club recognises the traditional values which makes our game great but also challenges the playing squad to recognise the importance of a “professional approach” towards training and playing.  We work hard, never carry players on reputation or history, we leave no hiding places and ensure that if you are good enough to pull on the first team jersey, you will get you chance to shine. Here, I have found my spiritual home. A sound commercial platform that sees the business of the club and its wider facilities run professionally and profitably with its sole focus on constant improvement and investment in rugby. As a coach, that means I can focus entirely on rugby and the development and improvement of my squad players right through the club.
I would like to extend an invitation to any players new to the area or looking for a new challenge locally or from further a field, to join me, my captains and all the support of Burnage RFC. We welcome new players to training on Tuesday and Thursday nights form 7.15pm. Email at club@burnagerfc.com to register your interest.

Dave Muckalt Head Coach

  • Scott Redmund
    1st Team Manager
  • Rob WellockDirector of Rugby
  • Chloe Wisdell Head Physio

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