St Andrews strive to join Edinburgh in BUCS Premier B

The University of St Andrews, play their final game against Worcester University in a bid to win promotion to BUCS Premier B North, the second highest tier of British university rugby.

St Andrews are competing in a three way round-robin with Worcester and Bishopton Burton College, each team a home and away fixture, for the chance to move up the leagues.

The University of St Andrews Director of Rugby, David Ross, said: “The possibility of playing in BUCS Premier B is hugely significant to the university and the rugby programme at St Andrews.

“The high standard of rugby that the league will expose our players to on a weekly basis is key to the development and progression of our sides.

“The university has invested heavily in facilities, staffing and support services for us to reach our goal as Scottish champions this year.

“The next step for our players is to gain promotion and compete against some of the nation’s top university and college teams.”

Despite a narrow 24-20 defeat to Bishopton Burton College in the opening game of the play-offs, St Andrews are still in contention and welcome Worcester to University Park today (Wednesday 9 April).

The Fife university went undefeated in BUCS Scottish 1A, winning all nine of their games in the league, to secure their place in the Premier B North play-off battle.

The university’s first league win since 1997, added to their earlier success in the season when they defeated rivals Edinburgh University 24-15 in the annual varsity match at Richmond Athletic Ground in London.