BUCS Super Rugby

Welcome to the home of the University of Nottingham BUCS Super Rugby team. Over the course of the season we will be bringing you the latest news, fixtures and live matches taking you closer to the action.

BUCS Super Rugby consists of 18 rounds. Upon the completion of the league season, the top eight teams will battle it out in knock-out Championship competition, with the final held on the 17th April 2024.

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The Headliner returns for our BUCS Super Rugby opener

Don't miss the University of Nottingham's opening BUCS fixture of the year as UNRUC take on Loughborough at Highfields on Wednesday 27 September. With kick-off at 2pm, its the perfect opportunity to be a part of the #GreenandGold. Tickets are only £5 for students with the event also supported by partners Red Bull who will be on site with a live DJ. 

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League and Vase winners in 2021/22, University of Nottingham entered last season as the latest addition to BUCS Super Rugby, but defied the odds to finish 8th and enter the play-offs. In 2023/24, UNRUC will be looking to firmly cement their place as a BSR programme.

home_work The team train at the iconic £40 million David Ross Sports Village, with matches held at Highfields Sports Complex, set on the edge of University Park Campus.

The squad features a wealth of domestic and international talent and the 2023/24 will be led by first team captain, Freddie Vaughan.

thumb_up Former British and Irish Lion, Brian Moore and Saracens winger Chris Wyles are among the famous alumni who have passed through the program.

Our 2023/24 BSR Fixtures

BSR 2023/24 Fixtures and Results

Round 1 | Wednesday 27th September - vs. Loughborough - Home @ Highfields

Round 2 | Wednesday 4th October - vs. Exeter - Home @ Highfields

Round 3 | Wednesday 11th October - vs. Swansea - Away

Round 4 | Wednesday 18th October - vs. Durham - Away

Round 5 | Wednesday 25th October - vs. Cardiff Met - Home @ Highfields

Round 6 | Wednesday 1st November - vs. Leeds Beckett - Home @ Highfields

Round 7 | Wednesday 15th November - vs. Bath - Away

Round 8 | Wednesday 22nd November - vs. Cardiff - Away

Round 9 | Wednesday 29th November - vs. Hartpury - Home @ Highfields

Round 10 | Wednesday 6th December - vs. Loughborough - Away

Round 11 | Wednesday 13th December - vs. Exeter - Away

Round 12 | Wednesday 24th January - vs. Swansea - Home @ Highfields

Round 13 | Wednesday 31st January - vs. Durham - Home @ Highfields

Round 14 | Wednesday 7th February - vs. Cardiff Met - Away

Round 15 | Wednesday 14th February - vs. Leeds Beckett - Away

Round 16 | Wednesday 28th February - vs. Bath - Home @ Highfields

Round 17 | Wednesday 6th March - vs. Cardiff - Home @ Highfields

Round 18 | Wednesday 13th March - vs. Hartpury - Away

National Championship QF - 27th March

National Championship SF - 3rd April

BUCS Super Rugby Playoff - 10th April

National Championship Final - 17th April

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Loughborough

Get your tickets for our BUCS Super Rugby opener which is also our first Headliner fixture of the year! Student tickets are only £5 and are available here.

Date: Wed 27th September

Venue: Highfields Sports Complex

Nottingham are at home to open the BUCS Super Rugby 2023/24 season, facing the reigning league champions at Highfields, where the #GreenandGold will be looking to repeat last years home win against the African Violet.

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Exeter

Date: Wed 4th October

Venue: Highfields Sports Complex

Opening with two back-to-back home games, UNRUC take on Playoff Champions Exeter for the second gameday of the season.

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Cardiff Met

Date: Wed 25th October

Venue: Highfields Sports Complex

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Leeds Beckett

Date: Wed 1st November

Venue: Highfields Sports Complex

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Hartpury

Date: Wed 29th November

Venue: Highfields Sports Complex

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Swansea

Date: Wed 24th January

Venue: Highfields Sports Complex

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Durham

Date: Wed 31st January

Venue: Highfields Sports Complex

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Bath

Date: Wed 28th February

Venue: Highfields Sports Complex

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Cardiff

Date: Wed 6th March

Venue: Highfields Sports Complex

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Performance Rugby at University of Nottingham
Performance Rugby at University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham Men's Rugby Union Club is one of largest student led rugby clubs in the country, and one of the most prestigious and popular sports clubs at Nottingham. The Club enjoys a national reputation for rugby, attracting performance rugby players who want to balance their continued rugby development with studying at one of the UK's top Universities.

The Men’s Rugby Union Club continues to grow and develop, and has a clear and strong vision to deliver a performance rugby programme of the highest calibre. The coaching team is headed up by Paul Westgate an England Rugby Level 5 Coach.

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Our home matches are predominantly played at our home venue in Nottingham at Highfields Sports Complex. We also have a close partnership with Nottingham Rugby and some fixtures are played within the Nottinghamshire Sports Club at Lady Bay.

Highfields Sports Complex

Highfields Sports Pavillion

Getting to Highfields

Highfields Sports Complex is located on the South Westerly side of the main University Park campus and can be easily accessed via  University Boulevard (use postcode NG7 2PS).

Download a copy of the campus map here and you'll find us at location number 47. Parking is available free of charge in marked spaces and our event car park. Blue badge parking can be found in front of the Vaughan Parry Williams pavillion.

You can also find details of how to get here by car, bus or tram here. Our nearest park and ride is Toton Lane and you hop off at the University Boulevard stop.

Lady Bay Sports Ground

Nottingham Rugby Club - Lady Bay

Getting to Lady Bay

Lady Bay Sports Ground is the home of Nottingham Rugby and is located 30 minutes walk from Nottingham Train station. The stadium is located just across the road from Nottingham Forest Football club, near to the south bank of the river Trent, and near the town of West Bridgford. For those driving you can follow NG2 5AA and there is approximately 250 parking spots on site.

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We are delighted to partner with the RFU, University of Nottingham Sport, Nottingham Rugby Club, Playerlayer and the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre. You can find out more about our partners below.

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The RFU has a close partnership with the University of Nottingham to deliver a broad rugby programme for students, from representative competition in BUCS to more local opportunities. With a focus on GROWTH, SUSTAINABILITY and TRANSITION of students into and out of their universities.

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Playerlayer are the Official Technial Partner of University of Nottingham Sport. Lauched in 2008, the Nottingham based company has is driven to create sustainable, durable, multifunctional sports kit.

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For the past 25 years, visionary clinicians and researchers, along with generous donors, volunteers and fundraisers, have all helped to make the CBTRC into the world-leading research centre it is today. With your support, the centre can continue to strive to discover more effective and kinder treatments for currently devastating cancers.

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