WRU agrees deal to ensure Varsity’s future at the Millennium Stadium

Cardiff University v Swansea University - Welsh Varsity 2011

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has agreed to extend the agreement to host the Welsh Varsity rugby showpiece fixture at the Millennium Stadium until 2014.

The two-year extension will ensure that Wales’ finest student rugby talent continues to have the opportunity to represent Swansea and Cardiff universities at the national stadium.

Students that have played in this prestigious event in the past include Welsh internationals Alun Wyn Jones and Jamie Roberts.

The next Welsh Varsity match will take place in Cardiff on May 2, where it is hoped last year’s record 14,000 crowd will be broken.

Swansea AU president, Dan Ryan-Lowes said: “It’s great to have the Welsh Varsity associated with probably the most prominent and successful national governing body in Wales, the WRU, as it gives Varsity even more credibility.

“I hope it will be a long standing and successful relationship.”

WRU chief executive Roger Lewis also shared Ryan-Lowes’ sentiments.

“Last year’s game was a delight to behold, fast flowing entertaining rugby,” he added. “It was a great evening’s feast of rugby.

“This Welsh Varsity fixture undoubtedly will feature some of our future club players, coaches and match officials and it is fitting that the match will be played at the home of Welsh sport for the foreseeable future.”

The event continues to grow with Welsh TV channel S4C continuing to provide coverage of the match.

Speaking to welshvarsity.com, S4C’s director of commissioning Geraint Rowlands said: “We are delighted to be broadcasting the Welsh Varsity match live this year for the second time.

“The fixture has certainly captured the imagination of or viewers and reflects our commitment to broadcasting rugby.”

The Welsh Varsity has grown from its humble beginnings in 1997 with the first rugby match between the sides.

It has expanded into an annual event which will be hosted for the second time at the Millennium Stadium this year.

Tickets for the Varsity rugby match are £10.

Other events during the day are free.

Ryan-Lowes added: “I don’t feel it is too much to pay. £10 to watch a top quality game of rugby in one of the world’s leading stadiums.”

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