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Tackling Varsity

30 April 2012

Tackling Varsity pic - webCardiff Blues coach Gareth Baber (centre) helps put the Cardiff squad through their paces

Ahead of their Varsity clash with Swansea on 2nd May, the University’s Rugby team have been given a boost by Cardiff Blues.

Blues players Sam Warburton and Jamie Roberts who were also part of Wales’ Grand Slam Six Nation’s squad, along with coaches Gareth Baber and Justin Burnell held a training session with the team, sharing their advice and experience with the University team.

More than 30,000 students are expected to cheer on Cardiff and Swansea universities as they do battle at the Millennium Stadium for the Welsh Varsity Cup. Cardiff is looking to regain past form after losing to Swansea in their last two Varsity encounters.

Speaking at the training session, Cardiff University medical student and Blues, Wales and Lions star Jamie Roberts said: "The Varsity Match becomes the pinnacle of many players’ university sporting careers and 99% of them won’t get the chance to play on the Millennium Stadium again, so it is really a highlight for them and a pretty special occasion.

"I’m sure the boys don’t need any motivation to play on the hallowed turf, it’s a great chance for them, so they should make the most of this opportunity. It’s obviously very competitive and with these guys putting in a lot of effort into their extracurricular activities, as well as university, hopefully they’ll reap the rewards of a victory on Varsity day."

This is the second year that the match has taken place at the Millennium Stadium and the crowd are treated to a selection of warm up acts and a half-time cheerleading dance off between Cardiff’s Snake Charmers and Swansea Sirens.

Offering the Cardiff side the benefit of his experience, Wales Captain, Sam Warburton, said: "I’ve been to Varsity a couple of times to watch and I thought the standard was great. It’s fantastic for students and I remember the Man of the Match last year had people knocking on his door with professional contracts afterwards.

"It’s great exposure for the students and something that a lot of them won’t ever experience again, which is why it makes it so unique. It’s an extremely rare opportunity to play on that ground. My advice would be to just treat it like another game. I think if they start thinking about it as the biggest game they’ll play this year then they might force things and not play their natural game."

The rugby match at the Millennium Stadium is the culmination of a day of sporting activities with Cardiff and Swansea students competing in more than 20 different sports for the Varsity Shield.

The match ay the Millennium Stadium kicks-off at 7.30pm on Wednesday 2nd May. Tickets for the Millennium Stadium encounter cost £10 and are available from www.welshvarsity.com

 

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