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Cardiff aim for Varsity glory

21 Ebrill 2008

Rob Sidoli

Cardiff rugby players are hoping that a touch of star quality will bring them out on top at the annual Welsh Varsity Challenge between Cardiff and Swansea (23 April).

Welsh international and Cardiff Blues rugby player, Rob Sidoli will be joining the team as coach for the final week of training, in preparation for what looks to be the most high profile Varsity event to date.

As a Cardiff graduate Sidoli understands the pressures of balancing intense training schedules with a busy study timetable. In a recent interview he commented on how important it was for him to have the support of his tutors whilst training. Head of Rugby at the University, Martyn Fowler said: "It’s great to have Rob’s input, his set piece knowledge is second to none, our lineout has been very efficient all year and Rob can hopefully fine tune it to perfection."

Varsity has become the biggest event of the University’s sporting calendar and is the second largest of the British Varsity games behind Oxbridge. Last years match attracted more than 5,000 visitors to Cardiff Arms Park and it is hoped that this year’s event, to be held at the same venue will reach even greater heights. The Varsity Match is the culmination of a day of sporting activity, where over a 1000 students from the two Universities compete for the Varsity Trophy.

This is the first year the Welsh Rugby Union has supported the event and the BBC’s weekly sports magazine show Sport Wales will be covering the day’s events in the University’s 125th anniversary. The annual student event raises funds for the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust and last year the Universities raised £7,000 through a combination of ticket sales and individual contributions.

Kick off is at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the Students’ Union box office priced £8.00.