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Medics bid for rugby glory

11 April 2011

Rugby lineout

University medical students will take to the pitch of one of the world’s most famous rugby stadiums to compete in the final of a national rugby competition.

On Saturday 16th April 2010 at 3.00pm Cardiff Medicals RFC will take on Nottingham Medics at Cardiff Arms Park in the culmination of the National Association of Medical Schools Rugby Union (NAMS) Cup.

Hundreds of spectators are expected to attend the game, including current students and alumni from the University as well as the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

Cardiff Medics RFC Captain Nick Wiletts, said: "The team has fought hard to get to, once again, this year’s final. It promises to be yet another difficult game against Nottingham.

"The chance to play at the famous Cardiff Arms Park - following in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest rugby players - is a real honour and one we hope that we can do them justice and come out on top."

International players past and present who studied at the University are set to turn out in support of the Cardiff side – they include current University medical student and Cardiff Blues, Wales and British Lions star Jamie Roberts.

Jamie RobertsJamie Roberts

Jamie Roberts said: "The NAMS final promises to be another exciting and hotly contested game. It’s also a must view, not only for Cardiff medical students, their friends and families but for Cardiff’s many rugby enthusiasts.

"Whilst I won’t be playing in the game, I’ll certainly be cheering and supporting the boys on from the sidelines."

All profits from the final will go towards the Dr Jack Matthews Scholarship - a joint campaign between the University’s School of Medicine and Cardiff Medicals RFC to provide financial support for the medics of the future through scholarships, bursaries and prizes.

As well as a Cardiff medical graduate and respected local GP, Matthews is perhaps best remembered for his 17 Tests for Wales and six for the British Lions on their 1950 tour of New Zealand and Australia.

He was the team doctor for the 1980 British Lions tour to South Africa and played centre for Wales and Cardiff - forming one of the greatest midfield pairings Wales has ever had with Bleddyn Williams.

This year’s recipients of the Dr Jack Matthews scholarships will help support local Cardiff projects and in some of the world’s most underdeveloped healthcare systems.