University Rugby

The roadmap for a return: How university teams are dealing with the coronavirus crisis

With the spotlight on the possible return of the Gallagher Premiership and when the community game may resume, spare a thought for university rugby which is set to come back in January.
3 July 2020

From BUCS to MLR - Adrian Wadden is hoping to make an impact at the Arrows

After three seasons wearing the purple of Leeds Beckett University, Adrian Wadden has returned to Canada in order to represent the Toronto Arrows in Major League Rugby.
24 June 2020

The changing face of college rugby with Colton Cariaga

With the first ever Major League Rugby Draft just over a day away, TRU's Joe Harvey has spoken to Life University Men’s Rugby head coach, Colton Cariaga about the process.
12 June 2020

AJ MacGinty: Going to Life University was massive for me

After finishing his education in Ireland, AJ MacGinty went straight to the Big Apple and he gives TRU an insight into what life was like as a young player in America ahead of the MLR Draft.
12 June 2020

The Growing Partnership of Manchester Metropolitan and Sale Sharks

Whilst it is the top division of university rugby which often grabs the headlines, Talking Rugby Union has been closely monitoring the progress of Manchester Metropolitan University as they continue their journey to the summit of the student game.
28 May 2020

Harry Fry and Stephen Varney: Hartpury duo highlight the value of the student game

Gloucester pairing Harry Fry and Stephen Varney are two of Hartpury University’s most recent stars and they are hoping to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before them.
29 April 2020

Glashan and Hurd fly the flag for Scotland in BUCS Team of the Year

Currently there are no Scottish university sides n the BUCS Super Rugby competition, but two players who have represented the Scots internationally at various levels impressed during the 2019/20 campaign.
22 April 2020

The fabric of Loughborough University

Loughborough's season of celebration has hardly ended in the way that they imagined due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Joe Harvey has looked into what makes the institution so successful.
25 March 2020

Sally Stott: “I will treasure the years I have spent playing for Edinburgh University”

For now, there is no BUCS Championship final to look forward to for Edinburgh University women’s squad given the current situation which goes far beyond rugby, but they can still look back on a positive 2019/20 with pride.
20 March 2020

BUCS Super Rugby graduates Duff and Forrester cross paths at Moseley

After helping their respective universities reach the BUCS Super Rugby final last season, Chester Duff and James Forrester now find themselves in National One with Birmingham Moseley.
19 March 2020

BUCS Championship Finals suspended

This season's BUCS Championship finals at the Ricoh Arena have been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
16 March 2020

Dan Kelly - Flying the flag for Ireland and Loughborough

With the Six Nations having prematurely ended for Ireland this season, Ireland U20s centre Dan Kelly spoke to Talking Rugby Union about fitting in with the Ireland squad and playing for Loughborough University.
12 March 2020

Keay: 'The players have made a statement'

Alex Keay has admitted the hunger expressed by his Durham players to build on their successful BUCS Super Rugby domestic campaign can fuel a run to the Championship final.
8 March 2020

Charlie Venables - Juggling a Masters, Super Rugby and playing in the Championship

Charlie Venables' rugby journey has certainly been an interesting one. At the age of 23, he has already represented England Counties U20s, England Universities Sevens and Sale Sharks in the Premiership 7s, whilst also been an ever-present in Leeds Beckett's BUCS Super Rugby side.
4 March 2020

Durham extend lead at the top as Exeter move second

BUCS Super Rugby leaders Durham maintained their good post-Christmas form with yet another win. Beating the University of Bath 38-0 in Somerset, Exeter moved to second in the league after a last-minute winner over Cardiff secured them five points.
13 February 2020

Durham beat Leeds Beckett to stay top

A late penalty try helped Durham University defeat title rivals Leeds Beckett as the North-East side moved five points clear at the top of BUCS Super Rugby.
8 February 2020

University of Bath’s Aaron James - 'It's great to be part of a pretty good story'

England U20s kicked off their Six Nations campaign with a win over France and the University of Bath's Max Ojomoh is continuing to take everything in his stride.
6 February 2020

Sister act: ‘Tactically astute’ Rachel joins sibling Sarah in Six Nations squad

In recent years, Scotland have had a number of sisters playing for the women’s national team - the McMillans and the Nelsons immediately spring to mind - and now the Law siblings could be set to join that exclusive club.
24 January 2020

Josh Hodge - The Six Nations apprentice

The headlines from Eddie Jones' Six Nations squad announcement may have surrounded Saracens and the salary cap saga, but for TRU, there was a name on the apprentice list which grabbed the attention.
22 January 2020

BUCS Super Rugby 'now a real viable pathway' - Alex Keay

The BUCS Super Rugby competition resumes later this month and continues to go from strength-to-strength, according to Durham University Director of Rugby Alex Keay.
15 January 2020