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Medical students reach national rugby final

27 April 2010

Medical students from Cardiff University will take to the pitch of one of Wales’ most famous rugby grounds for the final of a national rugby competition.

On Saturday 1st May 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.

Cardiff Medicals have had an excellent season to date having already beaten the United London Hospitals and combined Dublin Medics. They beat Birmingham Medics to reach this years’ final which, if successful, will be their twelfth in succession.

Cardiff Coach Huw Davies said: "This is my 16th season coaching Cardiff Medicals but we have never had the opportunity to play on such a prestigious ground. We are looking forward to defending our title and we are very grateful to the Dean of the School of Medicine and Cardiff University Athletic Union for their outstanding support."

More than 1000 spectators are expected to attend the game, including current students and alumni from the University as well as the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. International players past and present who studied at the University will also be turning out in support of the Cardiff side.

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.

The first recipients of the Dr Jack Matthews scholarships were announced in late 2009 and have enabled Cardiff medical students to help support charity projects in some of the world’s most underdeveloped healthcare systems.

The NAMS final kicks off at 15.00 on 1st May. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Deanery in the School of Medicine or from the online box office at Cardiff University Students Union.


Notes to editors

1. School of Medicine

Cardiff University’s School of Medicine is a significant contributor to healthcare in Wales, a major provider of professional staff for the National Health Service and an international centre of excellence for research, delivering substantial health benefits locally and internationally. The school’s 800 staff include 500 research and academic staff who teach more than 2,000 students, including 1,110 postgraduate students.

The School is based at the Heath Park Campus, a site it shares with the University Hospital of Wales, the third largest university hospital in the UK. The School has an all-Wales role, contributing greatly to promoting, enhancing and protecting the nation’s health.

A key partner in this role is the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales, with which the School is linked at all levels. This mutual dependency is illustrated by the teaching of medical undergraduates in more than 150 hospitals located in all of Wales’ health authorities. The medical curriculum followed at the School enables students to acquire and apply knowledge, skills, judgement and attitudes appropriate to delivering a high standard of professional care. Around 300 new doctors currently graduate from the School every year and the Welsh Assembly Government has invested substantially in new teaching facilities to increase this number further

2. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

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3. For further information

Victoria Dando

Public Relations

Cardiff University

Tel: 02920 879074