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Our Club

Melbourne University Rugby Football Club (MURFC), the oldest rugby club in Victoria, is a Foundation Club of the Victorian Rugby Union, participating in the top-tier Victorian Premier Division since 1909. MURFC is the only Foundation Club to remain continuously in the Victorian Premier Division since its inception.

We boast teams in all 4 divisions:

Dewar Shield (Mens Premier Competition) - 1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV

Lindroth Cup (Womens Premier Competition) - 1st XV

Bolton Cup (Colts/U20s Men) &

Masters team aka "Gents" (Over 35)

MURFC fields a strong contingent of local and international players, with Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, France, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands strongly represented.

Facilities:

 

Our club is located in the newly redeveloped Brens Pavilion, overlooking the H.G. Smith Oval in Parkville.

Located between the Melbourne Zoo, Ikon Park (Carlton Football Club home ground), Princes Park and Royal Park, we are located in the prestigious Parkville area. University of Melbourne, College Crescent and Lygon Street Precinct are located a short walk away.

Teams play on Smith Oval (main oval) and Walker Street Oval West (secondary oval).

Our fully renovated Brens Pavilion boasts:

  • eight gender neutral, accessible change rooms (including toilet and shower facilities)

  • two umpire change rooms

  • a first aid room with ice dispenser machine and

  • improvements to the existing kitchen and social spaces

Brens Pavilion

Left: Brens Pavilion, redeveloped in 2023.

HG Smith Oval

Centre: H.G. Smith Oval.

Bren Pavilion Map

Right: Map of Brens Pavilion Precinct.

Queens College
Lygon st

Left: Queens College, located on College Crescent.

Centre: Lygon Street, Carlton.

Melbourne Uni

Right: University of Melbourne.

Our beloved nickname is "The Students", through our link to the university and history of student athletes and academics involved in the club.

We continue to maintain close ties with the University. We are privileged to share some facilities with the university, allowing use of the Athletic Facilities, Gym & Swimming Pool facilities and strength and conditioning resources.

Uni Melb gym
Uni Melb pool

Left & Centre: University of Melbourne Beaurepaire Centre (includes gym facilities & pool).

Ernie Cropley Pavilion

Right: Ernie Cropley Sports Pavilion.

How to get to the club...

 

Google Maps: Brens Pavilion

Parking:

Parking is available at Brens Pavilion, along The Avenue and Elliot Avenue.

Public Transport:

Tram:

Stop #16: Walker St/Royal Parade (Route #19)

Stop #24: Elliot Ave/Royal Park (Route #58)

Stop #27: Royal Park Station/Royal Park (Route #58)

Train: 

Royal Park: Upfield Line

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne University Rugby Football Club proudly acknowledges the the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our Club sits and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

We recognise the unique place held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original owners and custodians of the lands and waterways across the Australian continent, with histories of continuous connection dating back more than 60,000 years. We also acknowledge their enduring cultural practices of caring for Country.

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