There is no messing about when it comes to rugby union, this is the real deal.
There are leagues to suit all different levels of competition. Men's and women's teams compete week in, week out in their tiered league structure across the whole United Kingdom.
Rugby Union also has a national league for both men's and women's competitions, with the top men's league known as BUCS Super Rugby.
BUCS Super Rugby
The BUCS Super Rugby league sees the best 10 university male rugby teams compete in their own league. At the end of the league season they compete in the Championship Knockout.
Leagues and Knockouts 2021-22
Team entries for many of our programmes opened on 5 May, with the timelines for these below:
Wednesday 5 May: Team Entries open on BUCS Play
Wednesday 11 June: Team Entries close on BUCS Play
Friday 25 June: Provisional Leagues & Appendix 2a published for feedback
Friday 16 July: Provisional Leagues & Appendix 2a feedback window closes
Wednesday 28 July: Updated Provisional Leagues & Appendix 2a published
Friday 13 August: Finalised leagues, knockouts and fixtures live on BUCS Play
BUCS Rugby Sevens
This is the shorter, faster version of the game we all love. Students change the pace of how things are done with two, one day competitions for Championships and Trophy categories. Dates for the 2021-22 season are:
Championship: 27 April 2022
Trophy: 11 May 2022
For London-based students, the London Universities Sports Leagues (LUSL) also offers more flexible and social league and knockout competitions for men’s and women’s teams.