On of the biggest leagues out of all BUCS sports. Everything is on the line to be crowned the winners of your BUCS Rugby Union league.

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

Having reviewed the latest roadmaps of the home nations (with an acknowledgement that this is constantly shifting), BUCS felt it would be possible to deliver some competition in Term Three. An informal league offer was deemed to be the most realistic offer of Term Three, with entries closing on Thursday 1 April.

The Competitions team have completed their assessment of entries into the Term Three Opt-in Competition, and unfortunately are unable to provide an offer due to lack of demand, geographical distances, or competitive imbalances.

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

Find all the latest on our Return to Play here, along with our FAQs.


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. 

Update 18 March: The BUCS Rugby 7s Championships and Trophy tournaments have been cancelled for the 2020-21 season. The Rugby Union SAG met on 17 March and concerns were expressed that in conjunction with the timelines outlined in the government roadmap and the RFU return to play plans that it will not be feasible to hold national tournaments this season.

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. 

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