The United Hospitals Cup is a rugby competition – the oldest in the world. First played in 1874, its origins predate even the venerable Calcutta cup, bitterly contested between England and Scotland every year.
The first contest was at the Oval – then not just a cricket ground. Since then, the constituent medical schools of what is now UCL Medical School have not had the most auspicious record in the competition. The Middlesex was the last part of the School to win, in 1887.
128 years of hurt finally ended on 6th March 2015. RUMS RFC (Royal Free, University College and Middlesex Students) beat Imperial College 20-6, and finally brought the silverware back to Gower Street.
A ceremony was generously hosted by the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health, with Prof Deborah Gill, Prof Fares Haddad and Richard Murley, Chairman of UCLH, officially presenting the cup to club captain Tom Burt. Congratulations to the whole team, including the students who played the week before their final medical school exams!
P.S.: After the UH success of our rugby team, RUMS cricket have also won their UH cup! RUMS Sports must have some new coaching secret or supplements regime! Well done – Ed.