Posted 23rd Jun 2021

From BUCS Super Rugby to Premiership final – Bath student Jack Kenningham all set to cap breakthrough season with Harlequins

University of Bath student Jack Kenningham will be looking to cap a breakthrough season by lifting the Gallagher Premiership Rugby trophy with Harlequins this weekend.

Kenningham, who is graduating in Sports Performance this summer, made his top-flight debut for Quins in February and has gone on to become a regular starter in the back-row with some powerful performances in the club’s famous number 7 shirt.

Jack Kenningham taking to the pitch for Team Bath men’s 1st XV in BUCS Super Rugby

He scored tries in the late-season victories over Bath Rugby and Newcastle Falcons before playing 98 minutes of last weekend’s incredible semi-final against Bristol Bears, which saw Quins recover from 28-0 down to win 43-36 after extra-time. They will now face defending champions Exeter Chiefs in the final at Twickenham on Saturday (5.30pm).

Kenningham was a key player for Team Bath men’s 1st XV in BUCS Super Rugby in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, earning an England Students call-up for his performances, and University of Bath Head of Rugby Aaron James has been delighted to see him make his mark on the big domestic stage.

“It’s been a pleasure being a part of Jack’s academic and rugby development,” said James. “He led by his actions on and off field for the University of Bath 1st XV, inspiring others with the work-rate which was so evident in last weekend’s semi-final against Bristol.

“We thank Jack for his valuable input to the club and culture, and wish him all the best for the Premiership Final on Saturday.”

Click here to find out more about the rugby programme at the University of Bath.

Top picture credit: Getty Images for Harlequins – by Henry Browne.

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