6th May 2016, 11:08 | university

University Rugby League nines structure confirmed

University Rugby League nines structure confirmed

"This is a truly exciting development for University Rugby League and Rugby League as a whole."

After the news that University Rugby League 9s has joined the flagship national BUCS competition, the format of the competition has been confirmed.

The BUCS Rugby League 9s will be split into two separate competitions, the Championship and the Trophy.

The Championship, a one-off event, is the competition for BUCS Premier North and South clubs and will be hosted around the time of the BUCS Nationals in February 2017.

The Trophy competition is open to all teams and aimed to provide players who do not regularly take part in BUCS competitions with more playing opportunities.

It will have a series of monthly regional events taking place on a Saturday from October 2016, through to February 2017.

After the regional monthly events, a regional qualifying event will take place in March with winners of the regional events then progressing to the National Trophy finals competition in April.

To enter the Regional Qualifiers, the University must have attended a minimum of two monthly events and the winners of both the Championship being awarded 50 BUCS points and the Trophy winners will be awarded 30 BUCS points.

RFL Higher Education Manager Adam Hughes said: "This is a truly exciting development for University Rugby League and Rugby League as a whole.

"BUCS is the pinnacle of student sport and we are excited to see Rugby League nines become a part of it.

"The strength of the trophy competition is that it is open to new and existing universities, giving more people the opportunity to get involved in our great game.

"There will be a genuine chance to win some silverware for anyone who currently has an emerging interest in playing Rugby League or an interest in getting involved with a new team sport at University."

Jon Roberts is the RFL’s Director of Development and Performance.

"We are working hard to grow our game by increasing the opportunities to play. In particular, competitions like this one are focused on new players who may not play the 13-a-side game. The new University Rugby League 9s competition is an extension of our commitment to the 9s format, which we are also promoting in schools.

"We look forward to new universities joining us and I wish all the teams the very best of luck in their preparations."

For more information on the BUCS Rugby League 9s competition, contact Adam Hughes on adam.hughes@rfl.co.uk.