Saracens' StoneX Stadium to host 2023 BUCS Super Rugby and Women's National League finals

The University of Exeter were crowned BUCS Super Rugby Championship winners in Worcester last season

Saracens' StoneX Stadium is to host the 2022-23 BUCS Super Rugby and Women's National League Championship finals on Wednesday 19th April.

The home of the five-time Premiership champions and the three-time Allianz Premier 15s winners is the latest venue to host the showpiece event after Worcester's Sixways Stadium was used last year.

It was Hartpury University who were crowned Women's National League Championship winners in 2021-22 while the University of Exeter finally got their hands on the BUCS Super Rugby Championship title after a pulsating final against Durham University.

BUCS National Performance Manager Michael Collins commented: “I am delighted that the BUCS Super Rugby and Women’s National League National Championship Finals will take place at a world-class venue such as StoneX Stadium. The rest of the rugby world is giving top-flight university rugby the attention and praise it deserves, and I am sure both finals will showcase the very best of these two great leagues.”

Katy Young, University Partnership Manager at the RFU, said: “It is always fantastic to see university rugby played at great venues across the UK. BUCS Super Rugby and Women’s National League contains a crop of incredible talent that we hope go on to achieve great things in the game following their time at university.”

There are many success stories from BUCS Super Rugby since its inception and last season the trend continued with 37 players going into the professional game, 11 from the final alone. The most notable being Player of the Match Daffyd Jenkins who since the final has become the youngest-ever skipper in Gallagher Premiership history when he captained Exeter Chiefs, and he also received an international call-up for Wales’ Autumn Nations Series match against Georgia.

Over in the Women’s National League, another star from finals day in 2022 was Edinburgh’s Meryl Smith. Last season’s top try scorer and Player of the Season represented Scotland at the 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.