NextGenXV will broadcast the final round of the 2022 BUCS Super Rugby league season live as hosts of Durham University, Northumbria University.
Wednesday night’s 6.30pm kick-off at Durham University will pit the top table hosts against their near neighbors Northumbria, who are at the bottom of the table, in what could be a title decider.
The derby match will be broadcast live on NextGenXV with a familiar name and face for BUCS Super Rugby fans to guide you through the action in the form of the enigmatic Joe Byrnes. You can follow all the action live on our Youtube channel and also via the video embedded below.
Durham are the defending champions and victory on Wednesday would see them win back-to-back titles, even a shock defeat could do that as second-placed Exeter University, just a point behind, are third-placed Cardiff Met at the same time – a game that should be a cracker.
Durham won the 2019/20 title and although the 2020/21 season was lost to Covid, the momentum gained from that winning campaign remained in the North East and Durham enjoyed a simply superb season. In their seventeen games so far, they have won 15, with just one loss and a thrilling draw outside the win column.
Northumbria, on the other hand, has had a difficult year. With just one win to their name, things didn’t go the way they would have liked and they will face the top team from the North and South of the BUCS Premier League, which pits the winner of the BUCS Premier North A against the top of the BUCS Premier South A against each other, to retain their place at BUCS Super Rugby.
This shouldn’t lead to lost conclusions however, with this huge game ahead, the pride of playing and the sizable lure of spoiling the party for their north east rivals, expect a huge performance from Northumbria, who spoke of a good game so far in construction.
The game represents a second foray into college play for us at NextGenXV following last month’s live stream from BUCS Premier South as Bristol University took on Exeter University Freshers in a double-header with the women’s match between the two same universities.
Undoubtedly, this is an area that we at NextGenXV want to continue to develop as we seek to give thorough and dedicated exposure and promotion to those we have followed throughout the school game as they do their next steps in the world of rugby.
For Durham University, these steps could well lead them to a second BUCS Super Rugby title, all will be revealed on Wednesday evening!
15 Nick Jonas, 14 Paul Brown, 13 Olly Walker, 12 Mikey Ford, 11 Max Pepper, 10 Will Nicholson, 9 Harry Craven, 1 Monty Royston, 2 Fred Davies (c), 3 Matt Woodward, 4 Ewan Murphy, 5 Marihn Huis , 6 Brayden Barratt, 7 Jamie Adamson, 8 Jack Hill.
Replacements: 16 Jacob Head, 17 Oscar Stott, 18 Hamish Murray, 19 Rhys Belcher, 20 Henry Higginson, 21 Morgan James, 22 Will Morris, 23 Charlie Coe.
15 Ollie Williams, 14 Ned Newman (vc), 13 Jos McConkey, 12 Zac Thompson, 11 Luckas Blue, 10 Oscar Yandall, 9 Callum Davidson, 1 Matt Siddle, 2 Cam Wilkinson, 3 Billy Nicholls (c), 4 Ryan Gibson, 5 Will Hopes, 6 Callum Burke, 7 Murray Wigmore, 8 Harry Hill.
Replacements: 16 Jasper McGuire, 17 Jonty Mainey, 18 Eoin Harrison, 19 Tyler Tomlinson, 20 James Malcolmson, 21 Kareem Eissa, 22 Harry Yates, 23 Joe Liley.