By Rosie Foley
Last year saw Cardiff University keep the Varsity shield for two years running and they will hope to do the same for the third. Whilst most of the games are played throughout the day, the climax of the day is found in the Principality stadium where the men’s and women’s rugby teams play.
The men’s rugby team beat Swansea in the mighty Liberty Stadium 15-23 last year. This year they hope to do the same although Co-Captains Tom Wilson and Owen Davies noted that Swansea have been in good form.
‘Swansea are in the promotion/playoff’s so we’re not going to take them lightly by any means’ said Wilson.
They are hopeful that their season in the Super League has put them in good stead for their fixture with Swansea, even with Swansea bringing in additional players just for the fixture.
‘We’ve played a lot higher intensity this season, but they do bring in a few good individuals who could change the game, but we’ll just focus on ourselves and do what we do well.’
The story is quite different for the women’s side. For the past two years they have lost to Swansea, losing last year 60-10. CULRFC will be looking for redemption this year and Captain Molly Danks has said that the girls are working hard to improve their game so that they can grab that win.
‘The teams focus is to continue improving as we have done all year.’
‘We have lost for the last two years, but we won the year before that and we still have members of the 2016 winning squad playing, and they know what its like to win Varsity. This year we are hoping to bring that success back!’ said Danks.
CULRFC have been unbeaten this year in their league and reached their first ever semi-final of the cup. Danks hopes that this winning mentality can follow into Varsity.
‘I expect the team to go out there and continue playing the rugby we’ve played all year.’
For both the men’s and women’s sides there are a significant number of players who are playing their last ever Varsity for Cardiff University. Both captains recognise the speciality of finishing their time playing university rugby at the Principality.
‘There’s many girls leaving this year, some of them have been here since the start of their university experience others have only just joined in their last year. Playing at the Principality to finish their time as part of CULRFC is the perfect way to finish’ said Danks.
Davies commented that ‘it’s a brilliant occasion wherever its played, but I’m a bit biased as the last time we were at the Principality we ran away with it a bit. Everything went to plan for us. There’s just something special about playing in Cardiff and I really enjoy it.’
Make sure that you are watching what is set to be a grand finale to the 2019 Varsity competition. Women’s rugby KO at the Principality is 16:30 followed by the Men’s at 19:05.