Stirling Uni students to face off in rugby final

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Two students currently studying at the University of Stirling will go head-to-head in the FOSROC Super Series Championship, the highest domestic rugby competition in Scotland.

Samuel Rockley is in the Stirling Wolves squad and is currently in first year, studying a BA (Hons) in Sport Development and Coaching. Christopher Elliot plays for rivals and current champions, the Ayrshire Bulls, and is currently in third year studying a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science.

Christopher Elliot, left, and Samuel Rockley, right. Image Credits: Jim Payne Photos

“I’m buzzing for the final and the prospect of playing a fellow Stirling student gives the match an extra edge,’ said Samuel Rockley.

“We’ve worked really hard to get to this stage and we’re going to give it everything to get the win in front of our supporters.”

The tournament is the first step on the high-performance rugby ladder in senior adult rugby. It aims to bridge the gap between amateur and professional rugby.

The showdown will take place at the Hive Stadium in Edinburgh on Saturday November 18. It will be televised by BBC Alba as well as on the Scottish Rugby website for those outside the UK.

“We’re really excited for Saturday’s game – it’s going to be one of the biggest I have played in,” said Christopher Elliot.

“The continued support from the University of Stirling Sport’s strength and conditioning team has helped me to improve my performance dramatically this season.”

It is the first time two students from University of Stirling have been competing for the FOSROC Super Series Championship in rival squads.

Samuel Rockley, left and Christoper Elliot, right. Image Credit: Jim Payne Photos

Cathy Gallagher, Executive Director of Sport at the University of Stirling, said: “It is great that two University of Stirling students will be part of the FOSROC Super Series final this weekend, the highest domestic rugby competition in Scotland.  

“The University has been a partner with Stirling Country Rugby Football Club since the inception of the competition and it provides an excellent performance opportunity for dual career athletes studying at Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence.

“Whilst our loyalties will lie with Stirling Wolves on Saturday, we also wish Christopher well as part of the Ayrshire Bulls squad.”

Featured Image Credit: Jim Payne Photos

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