University rugby union leagues in Scotland

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University rugby union leagues in Scotland
Sport Rugby union
Founded ?
No. of teams 28 Men's (six divisions), 8 Women's (one division)
Country  Scotland
Most recent champion(s) ?

University rugby union in Scotland is predominantly organised through BUCS, the British Universities Sports Association. Unlike in England and Wales, where a pyramid system of 4 regions and a Premier above exists, the Scottish system is separate. However, Scottish universities do receive places in the end of season knock-out tournaments which decide overall British champions (see individual division entries below). However, due to the small size of the divisions (with clubs playing either 6 or 8 fixtures per season), some Scottish universities organise teams to play in regional or national leagues as part of the general Scottish league system for clubs, the Scottish League Championship. In addition, some universities organise University Saturday Leagues for their 2nd XV (see below), or they organise informal friendly matches. The following universities have teams playing elsewhere in Scottish Rugby:

Scotland is allocated the current proportion of places in the BUSA end of season knock-out tournaments:

  • 2 of the 16 places in the BUCS Championship
  • 2 of the 16 places in the BUCS Trophy
  • 2 of the 16 places in the BUCS Shield
  • 2 of the 32 places in the BUCS Plate
  • 8 of the 32 places in the BUCS Vase
  • 2 of the 16 places in the BUCS Women's Championship

A Scottish Universities Cup is also held, usually towards the end of the season.

BUSA Scottish Conference, 2010-2011[edit]

Promotion and relegation has usually been one up, one down, but with play-offs for teams at the top of the groups in Division 3 and Division 4. The teams play in the Scottish conference.

BUSA fixtures are predominantly played on Wednesdays, as this is (traditionally) a university half-day, without afternoon classes.

Division 1A[edit]

Details: [1]

The top two teams advance to the BUSA Championship, a UK-wide knock-out tournament. The bottom two teams advance to the BUSA Trophy.

Dundee are the current Scottish champions from the 2011/12 season.

Division 2A[edit]

Details: [2]

The top two teams advance to the BUSA Shield. The bottom two teams advance to the BUSA Plate.

Division 3A[edit]

Details: [3]

Division 4A[edit]

Details: [4]

Top two teams in both pools advance to the BUSA Vase.

Division 5A[edit]

Details: [5]

Top two teams in both pools advance to the BUSA Vase.

BUSA Women's Scottish Conference[edit]

There is one organised women's university league, containing the following teams:

Details: [6]

1Edinburgh 1st XV participates in the Premier League North Division.

Top two team advances to the BUSA Women's Championship.