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Rugby Union

Rugby Union is one of the largest league programmes with men’s and women’s teams playing in 9 tiers of the league structure. Teams compete in a league programme throughout the season culminating in the Team Championship Finals. The Men’s and Women’s Championship finals are traditionally held at Twickenham. A LUSL Women's league is currently running with fixtures on a Sunday. 

The Sevens Championship takes place after the 15-a-side programme is completed and is a one day event with the top 16 teams playing in the Championship and next best 8 in the Trophy.

The Rugby Union Sport Advisory Group provide sport specific and technical advice to the BUCS Office. To view the membership of the group please click here. To view the BUCS Rugby Union Strategy please click here.

Rugby 7s is part of the BUCS international programme and is competed at the World University Championships and European University Competitions. The World University Championships are a series of sporting events held every two years in various countries across the world.

British teams have a successful history in International competition, with both the mens and womens teams coming away with gold at the 2012 World University Championships, defeating in the final South Africa and France respectively. Additionally the mens team won Bronze at the 2013 World University Summer Games (Universiade), which is widely recognised as the second largest largest multisport Games in the World after the Olympics.
University teams may also compete internationally at EUSA European Competitions.
Furthermore last year BUCS and Swansea University successfully won the bid to host the 2016 World University Rugby 7's Championships. It will be the first World University Championships to be hosted in the UK for 14 years.

For more details on competing at these events please click on the relevant links on the sub menu.

The BUCS Sport Development Team works in partnership with The Home Nation Sport Councils and with key Rugby Union partners and stakeholders in the HE sector. The aim is to provide students and members with development support and access to coaching, workforce and volunteering opportunities, participation programmes, NGB interventions and offers, disability sport initiatives plus funding and bursary opportunities. Information on all of the current interventions and opportunities can be found under the 'Get Involved' tab to the left hand side of this page.

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