Get ready for the Super Six
An exciting new Student Rugby League tournament which pits the country’s six best University teams against each other gets underway this Wednesday (15th October).
The Gillette Student Super Six is made up of sides from Leeds Metropolitan University, Hull University, Loughborough University, Birmingham University, Northumbria University and St Mary’s University (West London).
The competition- which will be administered by the Student Rugby League - has been created to ensure that student clubs have the opportunity to compete at the highest possible level, against like minded institutions, in an environment conducive to elite competition.
The Gillette Student Super Six tournament will also sit at the top of the BUCS pyramid, acting as a ‘Premier Division' and will become a key element of the playing season at this level, providing the student players involved with a high level of national competition staged in high quality facilities.
It will act as the BUCS Rugby League’s ‘Premier Division’ and will run alongside the BUCS competition feeding into the Championship knock out rounds after the culmination of the ten round league campaign.
The top four placed teams at the end of the league campaign will enter the BUCS elimination phase alongside the top four placed BUCS National Division sides.
Some fixtures will be Wednesday evening kick-offs, staged under floodlights which will also enable Universities to field their best players. These kick-off times will also allow competing Universities to attract a greater number of spectators as fellow students will be free to attend.
The Gillette Student Super Six competition will be supported by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), a Government funded programme that represents a unique partnership between sport and higher and further education.
Each of the institutions involved will have a minimum of three TASS players. The money will be able to be invested in to the club in the form of coaching provision, ensuring the athlete receives the support throughout the TASS year.
Commenting, Student Rugby League Manager Matt Jeffery said, “We believe the competition will provide a high quality playing environment for Universities and student players and can play a tremendous part in developing the sport and increasing playing standards at this level”.
Jeffery adeed,”The Student Rugby League is constantly striving to ensure that our member clubs have the opportunity to compete at the highest possible level.
“The creation of this elite, University Rugby League competition will fulfil this need. The Gillette ‘Student Super Six’ will be open to all those striving for excellence, through a transparent, yet comprehensive application process. It will act as a template for those who aspire to compete at this level and a target for those to aim toward”.
The Gillette Student Super Six gets underway on Wednesday 15th October.