After an incredible season last year, Nottingham Trent University’s men’s Rugby Union first team will be competing in the BUCS Super Rugby competition, 2017/18. This is the highest level of University competitive sport.
NTU won their North A league with a game to spare, setting up at two-legged play-off with South A champions, University of Bristol. The first leg ended with a fantastic result for the NTU team, with a 57-0 win giving them a huge cushion going into the second leg. A 60-12 win, and another commanding performance, meant an aggregate score of 117-12, securing promotion to BUCS Super Rugby in emphatic style.
The team are coached by Neil Fowkes (Head of Rugby) and Alex O’Dowd (Head Coach), who both coach at Nottingham Rugby. Fowkes is the 1st Xv coach, and O’Dowd is Assistant coach.
The partnership with Nottingham Rugby, who currently play in the Green King IPA Championship, is further shown by the many NTU players also in the Nottingham ranks. For the 17/18 season, there will be nine NTU Scholars representing both teams, seven of which return from last season (Will Sutton, Calum Hall, Alex Goble, Tim Cardall, David Williams, Jamie Jack and Ben Davis-Moore), along with two new recruits (Jake Farnworth and Alex Crocker).
There are nine teams in BUCS Super Rugby for the 2017/18 season, so NTU will have 16 league games throughout their campaign, plus some BUCS Championship knock-outs towards the latter stages. The first game of the season will be against last year’s finalists, University of Exeter, and will take place on Wednesday 27 September, 2017. All home games will be played at Nottingham Rugby’s ground, Lady Bay (NG2 5AA), and will take place on Wednesday or Friday evenings.
BUCS Super Rugby teams 2017/18
- Bath university
- Cardiff Metropolitan University
- Durham University
- University of Exeter (2016/17 Runners-up)
- Hartpury College (2017/17 Champions)
- Leeds Beckett
- Loughborough University
- Northumbria University
- Nottingham Trent University
For a full list of NTU’s fixtures, please see the fixtures and results page.