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
Following the latest UK and Scottish Government announcements, plus the continuing lockdown measures in place across Wales and Northern Ireland, we have revised our delivery plans for Term Two and Three.
The proposed league and knockout programme for 2020-21 has been cancelled. As a result, we won’t be releasing fixtures on Friday 15 January as previously stated.
A consultation on a potential offer for team sports later in Term Two and/or Term Three will now take place.
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.
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.