Leeds Beckett University Rugby Union club offers elite level pathways if you're looking to compete at a high standard as well as study and get your degree. We have a strong programme with six clubs available, including our BUCS Super Rugby team.

Leeds Beckett has been part of the BUCS Super Rugby programme since the competition first launched in 2016. BUCS Super Rugby is the top competition for university rugby in the United Kingdom and includes the ten top university rugby teams in the country.

We are currently looking to improve on a stellar 2018/19 campaign which saw lots of great moments for our team, including:

  • Reaching the BUCS Super Rugby final at Twickenham
  • Finish fourth in the league
  • Becoming the first team to secure an 11 game unbeaten run in the competition
  • Being crowned BUCS Sevens Champions
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our ethos

rugby opportunities for all

An ever-growing rugby community

As well as the BUCS Super Rugby programme, the club has five teams dedicated for the development of players of all abilities spanning both men's and women's rugby. 

All teams compete in the BUCS leagues and compete against rival countries across the United Kingdom.

Our teams benefit from training sessions with our dedicated coaches and coaching scholar students, match days plus lots of social opportunities with the rest of the club away from the rugby.

The amount of training sessions our players have depends on the ability of players, our Super Rugby team train most days of the week, including weekends, while some of our development squads will have one training session a week plus match day.

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Everything you need to know

Train to be the best

The BUCS Super Rugby squad benefit from dedicated coaching staff as well as full time medical and strength & conditioning staff to help with player development.

Players will get exclusive access to the rugby staff as well as dedicated training sessions, on the field and in the gym, video review sessions and other activities that you would expect from a professional rugby club.

All training is scheduled around your studies, taking up around 15-20 hours of your time weekly, spread over four to five days including evening and weekends.

example training schedule


  • Monday: Strength and conditioning training 07:15-09:00 | field session 18:00-20:00
  • Tuesday: Rest day | individual review with coaches
  • Wednesday: Game day
  • Thursday: Pool recovery
  • Friday: Strength and conditioning training 07:15-09:00 | review / field session 17:00-19:00
  • Saturday: Strength and conditioning training 08:00-10:00
  • Sunday: Rest day

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