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 for 2020-21
The Rugby Union programme will run in Term Two only and there will not be any promotion or relegation between leagues at the end of the season. These decisions were communicated with our members in June.
The format for the programme has been confirmed to members and the 2020-21 leagues and fixtures will be released on Friday 15 January. Fixtures will be scheduled from 24 February, but these will be flexible to individual institutional requirements.
All fixtures will be subject to any institutional, NGB, UK government, devolved administration or local authority rules, regulations and guidance in relation to COVID-19 in place at the time.
Find all the latest on our Return to Play here
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.
The Rugby 7s schedule for 2020-21 season is as follows:
Championships: 21 April 2021
Trophy: 28 April 2021
These events will be run in line with guidance from the RFU and subject to local and national restrictions regarding Covid-19.
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.