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24 November 2011
Preparations are underway for the annual Welsh Varsity competition between Cardiff and rivals Swansea University.
Taking place on Wednesday 2 May 2012, more than 200 students from both universities will compete in events including golf, hockey and rowing – 20 different sports in total.
Competitions will take place across the city with the Welsh Varsity Shield being awarded to the University with the most points across all sports.
Cardiff has never lost the Varsity Shield and Athletic Union President Oliver Devon hopes that Cardiff students can continue this tradition for another year.
"This year's Varsity is going to be bigger and better than ever before and I really hope to see thousands of Cardiff students descending upon the Welsh Institute of Sport and the Millennium Stadium to support all the teams competing in Varsity 2012," said Oliver.
"Every Cardiff student should take great pride in their University and join ‘Team Cardiff’ in the showcase event of the student year. Swansea students are more up for the battle than ever and the whole day promises to be an amazing spectacle of Student Sport. Come on Cardiff!"
The final event of the day will be the fight for the Varsity Rugby Cup. Played on the neutral ground of Wales’ Millennium Stadium, the match kicks off at 7.30pm.
Martyn Fowler, Head of Rugby and Cardiff said: "The Welsh Varsity match is now firmly established as the biggest amateur game on the Welsh Rugby Union’s annual fixture list. It is the culmination of eight months hard work for the students representing Cardiff University Rugby Club and the ideal shop window for our students to showcase their talents to the Regional and Premiership coaches in attendance. Many of those who have represented their University at Varsity have gone on to enjoy illustrious careers; Wales & British Lions Alun Wynn Jones, Dwayne Peel and Matt Hopper recently of Harlequins RFC to name just a few. In the six years I have been at Cardiff University, 28 students have, as a result of at Welsh Varsity performances, gained semi and fully professional contracts."
Tickets to support both Cardiff and Swansea at the 2012 Millennium Stadium encounter cost £10 and will be available shortly. For further information visit www.welshvarsity.com
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