The 2016 instalment of The Welsh Varsity will once again be competed in Swansea. The nation’s second city hosted the event earlier this year for the first time since 2010 and following the success of the event, Cardiff University Athletic Union have confirmed that the biggest sporting festival in South Wales will return to Sketty Lane.
For the Freshers intrigued, Varsity is a day of sporting competition held around April-time in which representative sports teams from Cardiff University and Swansea University are pitted against each other to do battle for the highly coveted Welsh Varsity Shield.
Cardiff retained the Varsity Shield in 2015 with a resounding 25-13 win, making it 14 successive wins since its introduction in 2002. The highlight of the day, without doubt, came inside Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, where Cardiff recorded only their sixth Varsity win in the Men’s Rugby. The 26-20 score-line rounded off a sensational day of sporting success for Cardiff University, which also saw wins for American Football, Cricket and Netball, among others.
The 2016 Men’s Rugby clash will again take place inside Swansea City’s 20,000 seater Liberty Stadium and will provide a fitting venue for Louie Tonkin’s men to attempt to defend their Varsity crown.
Over 30 of the University’s sports clubs will again compete in 2016, with many Cardiff clubs already eyeing up a special ‘away day’ victory. For the thousands of travelling supporters, the short trip up the M4 made for a special atmosphere last year and organiser’s will hope that the same can be created in 2016.