Harper Adams University Rugby
Rugby is massive at Harper with 3 successful teams in the University leagues known as BUCS.
The 1st team compete in the top Midlands league, who last season finished a strong 4th. The 2nd team narrowly missed out on promotion finishing a close second last and finally the 3rd team coming a well fought third.
As you can see the teams are pushing towards the top end of all their respective leagues and are only set to improve this season. We train on Monday and Tuesday nights and play Wednesday, at home and across the Midlands.
Being biggest club on campus we regularly attract over 500 students to our home games. We love putting on a show and for many, a Wednesday afternoon watching the rugby is the best way to socialise and get ready for the big SU night ahead!
There are regular socials for all members, every Wednesday after the matches which usually take place in the local town of Newport’s’ pubs along with some great themed nights across the year just for the club.
For the upcoming 2016-17 season, BUCS, in collaboration with home nation unions and Rugby Vertical have launched BUCS Super Rugby.
BUCS Super Rugby is a new men’s Rugby Union league comprising of the eight best men’s Rugby Union university teams across the UK in an exciting new structure, ensuring the highest quality of rugby in each gameweek.
On 16th September, representative players and coaches from each of the eight competing teams arrived at the home of rugby, Twickenham Stadium to meet with representative from BUCS, Rugby Vertical and the RFU.
Keith Fleming, University of Exeter coach said: “The RFU and BUCS working in partnership is definitely helping move the programme forward. The RFU have come in with a raft of support packages for the universities involved which is helpful, and between them we’re going to make steps forward.”
Darren Fearn, Head of Rugby at Northumbria University said: “The BUCS Super League is a great opportunity to play top quality rugby, progressing on the rugby ladder while also getting a strong academic side. All the performance sports really push that at Northumbria, you push both angles and then you can have a degree and the chance to play professional rugby, which a lot of players have done in the past.”
Josh Longson, Leeds Beckett captain said: “I’ve been playing rugby at university for four years, so getting the chance to play at some of the best stadiums in the country and the best teams every week is something I’m really looking forward to.
“I didn’t start playing rugby until aged 16, and at that age it’s difficult to get into an academy level, so a lot of the guys, including myself, are using BUCS as a pathway – you still get your degree and also a chance to get in the professional game.
“The RFU already have a structure in place, so they know what is needed for BUCS to benefit and go pro, which is everyone’s aim.”
The first round of matches starts on Wednesday 5th October, with a selection of games being live streamed throughout the season in conjunction with Rugby Vertical.
The culmination of the season is Championship Final at Twickenham on 30th March 2017.