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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BUCS Super Rugby

BUCS Super Rugby

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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.
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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 - Lost 20-27

Round 2 | Wednesday 4th October - vs. Exeter - Home @ Highfields - Lost 12-48

Round 3 | Wednesday 11th October - vs. Swansea - Away - Lost 15-39

Round 4 | Wednesday 18th October - vs. Durham - Away - Lost 7-33

Round 5 | Wednesday 25th October - vs. Cardiff Met - Home @ Highfields - Won 43-39

Round 6 | Wednesday 1st November - vs. Leeds Beckett - Home @ Highfields - Lost 18-37

Round 7 | Wednesday 15th November - vs. Bath - Away - Lost 0-43

Round 8 | Wednesday 22nd November - vs. Cardiff - Away - Lost 31-44

Round 9 | Wednesday 6th December - vs. Loughborough - Away - Lost 42-27

Round 10 | Wednesday 13th December - vs. Exeter - Away - Lost 50-24

Round 11 | Wednesday 17th January - vs. Hartpury - Home @ Leicester Forest East Rugby Club - Lost 19-29

Round 12 | Wednesday 24th January - vs. Swansea - Home @ Leicester Forest East Rugby Club - Won 57-40

Round 13 | Wednesday 31st January - vs. Durham - Home @ Leicester Forest East Rugby Club - Lost 21-30

Round 14 | Wednesday 7th February - vs. Cardiff Met - Away - Lost 7-35

Round 15 | Wednesday 14th February - vs. Leeds Beckett - Away - Won 28-24

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

Result: University of Nottingham 20 - 27 Loughborough University

Date: Wed 27th September

Venue: Highfields Sports Complex

Nottingham opened the BUCS Super Rugby 2023/24 season against the reigning league champions at Highfields. Despite a valiant display, the #GreenandGold came out on the losing end 20-27.

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Exeter

Result: University of Nottingham 12 - 48 University of Exeter

Date: Wed 4th October

Venue: Highfields Sports Complex

Opening with two back-to-back home games, UNRUC took on Playoff Champions Exeter for the second gameday of the season, ultimately losing 12-48.

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Cardiff Met

Result: University of Nottingham 43 - 39 Cardiff Met University

Date: Wed 25th October

Venue: Highfields Sports Complex

In a hugely pulsating match that went right down to the wire, the University of Nottingham dug deep to earn a very well deserved first win of the season.

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Leeds Beckett

Result: University of Nottingham 18 - 37 Leeds Beckett University

Date: Wed 1st November

Venue: Highfields Sports Complex

There wasn't much to separate the teams in a closely contested first half (10-13). However, Leeds were rampant in the second half and took all the points having added a 4th try to secure a bonus point victory.

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Hartpury

Result: University of Nottingham 19-29 Hartpury

Date: Wed 17th January [Re-arranged from December 2023]

Venue: Leicester Forest East Rugby Club

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Swansea

Result: University of Nottingham 57-40 Swansea

Date: Wed 24th January

Venue: Leicester Forest East Rugby Club

sports_rugbyNottingham vs. Durham

Result: University of Nottingham 21 - 30 Durham University

Date: Wed 31st January

Venue: Leicester Forest East Rugby Club, LE3 3PJ

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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Matchday

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.

Our partners

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

Aldi Aldi

Aldi, Britain’s fourth-largest supermarket, has joined the University of Nottingham’s BUCS Super Rugby programme. The supermarket has established a highly reputable Graduate Area Manager Programme, which welcomes applications from all students.

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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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England Rugby - Universities RFU

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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