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09 December 2010
The 15th Anniversary of the Varsity rugby showdown between Cardiff and Swansea universities will be held at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday, 30 March, 2011.
The clash between Wales’ biggest Universities is the showpiece event of their annual Varsity programme and will be held for the first time on the neutral ground of the Millennium Stadium.
Welsh Varsity is the hottest date in the calendar for students and rugby fans and with tickets priced at £10 per person, organisers are confident that March 30 will be an occasion to remember.
Welsh Rugby Union National Development Manager Jason Lewis said, "Our universities are arguably some of our biggest rugby clubs in Wales in terms of the number of teams they put out on a weekly basis, be it representative or inter-mural teams.
"As a Union we want to reach out to colleges and universities and find ways of supporting the rugby that is played at this level because ultimately, those players are our club players, coaches and match officials of the future. We don’t want to lose them to the game and it’s important they are welcomed into our clubs when they leave University.
"There is also an opportunity for late developers to break through into the professional game via university and college rugby and there is a vital role for us to play in order to make the most of that potential."
11,000 fans turned out at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium in 2010 to watch the Varsity rugby match, with Swansea narrowly beating Cardiff by 16-12. Cardiff medical student and Blues, Wales and Lion’s player Jamie Roberts is hoping that the Cardiff side find some Millennium magic in the upcoming meeting.
"There’s nothing better than to play rugby with your mates, and that’s what’s so great about University rugby. I’m a Cardiff boy through and through so I’ll be rooting for my fellow capital city side come March 30," said Jamie.
Former Swansea University Law student and Wales and Ospreys second row, Alun Wyn Jones is also looking forward to a spectacular contest between Wales’ premier university teams.
"Varsity is always a massive fixture attracting superb support from University students and alumni and it is fantastic news that the home of international rugby will be hosting next year’s event," said Alun.
"Swansea’s successful record to date shows the passion and preparation that the University show at each Varsity fixture and I’m confident that they will be driving back up the M4 with the trophy next year."
In the early years the Welsh Varsity Match was held alternatively at Cardiff Arms Park and St Helens, the home of Swansea Rugby Club. In 2003 and until 2007 the game was held the neutral ground of the Brewery field in Bridgend.
For next year’s Millennium Stadium encounter, tickets to support both Swansea and Cardiff are available from Ticketmaster online: ticketmaster.co.uk and via telephone: 08442 777888.
Cardiff students can visit welshvarsity.com, cardiffboxoffice.com or call in to Cardiff Student’ Union Box Office.
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