Man Met winger Willem Johnson breaks through to score after an interception against Nottingham Trent in their recent pre-season friendly

MMU rugby first game of season against Strathclyde to be livestreamed

  • Six first-team players out for MMU through injury and covid
  • Head coach Rob Jones: 'We know Strathclyde are a good outfit and they're well-coached'
  • Game will be livestreamed on MMU Sport's YouTube channel

Manchester Met Rugby’s 1st XV start the new season tomorrow at Platt Lane with six first-team players out and a side largely made up of freshers as they return to competitive action after Covid.

Their first visitors in the BUCS university league are Strathclyde, who have strong links to the professional side Glasgow Warriors.

Man Met Rugby head coach Rob Jones has spent the summer rebuilding after an exodus due to graduation.

“Everybody is starting from scratch again after Covid, and we have six players out: four injured, two with Covid, as well as a new generation of players starting their first competitive game,” said Rob.

“We know Strathclyde are a good outfit and they’re well-coached, so I’m looking forward to the match.”

Bolstering MMU’s armoury is the fact that team are partnered with Premiership team Sale Sharks, with both teams integrating and sharing facilities at Platt Lane.

In recent years more than 30 MMU players have represented the Premiership side and several Sharks academy players will represent MMU this season.

MMU’s 1st XV currently sit in the BUCS Men’s Premier North division two and two promotions stand between them and their goal of playing BUCS Super Rugby.

The livestream of the game starts at 2pm.

MMU v Strathclyde thumbnail
Thumbnail taken from the livestream on MMU Sport’s YouTube channel