There are a number of #’s that light up on a Wednesday and help us to compile our rugby coverage for BUCS. Since 2008 we have been immersed in university rugby, as players, coaches, photographers and journalists. #BUCSWednesday is part of our DNA.
Covering university rugby is facilitated by a network of contacts within the university rugby club’s and their AU’s. Access to coaches like Alex Keay (Durham University), Rob Jones (MMU) and Aaron James (Bath University) has broadened our ability to report on all aspects of the University game.
In 2014/15 season we made our first direct contact with Bath Spa Women’s Rugby and have followed their fortunes weekly since that introduction. The second Women’s team that caught our attention was MMU and the third EdgeHill.
As close as UCLAN is to our offices, Ormskirk is even closer and we made our 2nd trip towards the end of 2016, prompted by a heart-warming article in the local press. It wasn’t a match report, it was a commitment by the EdgeHill rugby players to support the homeless in Liverpool. This side of university rugby clubs does go unnoticed but it was clear the importance to the players at EdgeHill.
If we didn’t have far to travel then the girls from Stirling University certainly did. Here’s what their website says about them: “Stirling University Women's Rugby Football Club (SUWRFC) has 1 women's team. Whether you have played all your life or never touched a rugby ball before, we welcome all abilities - most of the team never played before joining. We have 2 training sessions a week taken by a coach and also have a Strength and Conditioning session once a week which helps everyone get up to speed and learn the basics.
We compete in the BUCS Scottish 1A league and games are held on Wednesday's. We have several socials throughout the year and attend weekly pub quizzes at the Allanwater Brewhouse. Being part of SUWRFC is like being part of a family - everyone gets on with each other and it's a fab way to make friends for life!”
The game itself was the BUCS Cup (last 32) and you can see some of the action here on our videolog, with the match report from EdgeHill here
This was a high quality game of women’s rugby and a close game saw the home team take the victory.