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Rugby Union

Rugby Union is one of the largest BUCS sports with men’s and women’s teams playing in a nine tier league structure across the UK.

Teams compete in a league programme and cup competition throughout the academic year. The season culminates with the Championship Finals traditionally held at Twickenham Stadium in London.

BUCS Super Rugby, the first university level National Rugby Union League in the Men's Programme launched in the  2016/17 season. This year, the nine strongest institutions will compete nationally at the top of the university pyramid. The competition will grow to a 10-team league in its 3rd season. For more information visit the BSR website.

A new LUSL Women's League is also currently running with fixtures on Sundays.

Rugby Sevens

BUCS Rugby Sevens takes place after the 15-a-side programme is completed. The Rugby Sevens competition is split between the Trophy and Championship.

Rugby Sevens is also part of the BUCS international programme and is competed at the World University Championships and European Universities Championships. 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 men's and women's teams coming away with gold at the 2012 World University Championships. Additionally the men's team won bronze at the 2013 World University Summer Games (Universiade), widely recognised as the second largest multisport games in the world after the Olympics.

University teams may also compete internationally at European University Sports Association (EUSA) competitions.

Sport Advisory Group

The BUCS Rugby Union Sport Advisory Group provide sport specific and technical advice to the BUCS Office. BUCS are currently recruiting several roles onto the SAG. Click here for more information.


The BUCS Development Team works in partnership with The Home Nation Sport Councils and with key Rugby Union partners and stakeholders in the Higher Education sector. 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.

The aim is to provide students and members with development support and access to coaching, workforce and volunteering opportunities, participation programmes, National Governing Body interventions and offers, disability sport initiatives plus funding and bursary opportunities. 

For more information and support in developing rugby at your institution, click here.

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