Leeds Beckett kick off their new BUCS Super Rugby competition this Wednesday at Headingley Carnegie Stadium as they welcome Cardiff Met to Leeds, kick off 2.30pm.
Leeds Beckett captain Josh Longson is aiming for another trip to Twickenham when the newly formed BUCS Super Rugby league gets underway.
Having previously been split into north and south leagues, this season sees the top eight rugby-playing universities combined into one competition as they battle for a place in the final in March.
Longson and his side begin their new campaign underway at home to Cardiff Met on October 13th and the 23 year-old is raring to get going once again.
Leeds Beckett captain Josh Longson, said the new structure would help develop players. "I’ve been playing rugby at university for four years, so getting the chance to play at some of the best stadiums in the country and the best teams every week is something I’m really looking forward to.
“I didn’t start playing in the rugby aged 16, and at that age it’s difficult to get into an academy level, so a lot of the guys, including myself, are using BUCS as a pathway – you still get your degree and also a chance to get in the professional game."
With the new format, it means that the likes of Leeds Beckett will go head to head with some of the top southern universities at a much earlier stage of the campaign and one of those sides will be last year’s champions Exeter University.
Leeds Beckett will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to local rivals University of Leeds in the Varsity game last week, which does not count towards this new competition. Cardiff Met were winning their opening game at that time, running out convincing 58-16 winners over Northumbria in the Welsh capital. Entry is free to Wednesday's for everyone and the North Stand will be open. Toilets are available in the Carnegie Café Bar for spectators. Parking will be in Car Parks D, E and F. Access to the ground will either be via Gate B or from Exit One at the back of the Carnegie Stand.