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Welsh Varsity 2018

Welsh Varsity 2018

Welsh Varsity will be back for another year on Wednesday 25th April 2018, seeing Cardiff University sports teams taking on Swansea University in the biggest student sporting competition in Wales!

Over 30 sports will compete for the coveted Welsh Varsity Shield with the tournament culminating in the showcase Men's Rugby fixture. In 2017, Swansea took home the Shield for the first time, but Cardiff fought to victory on the rugby field to win the Varsity cup.

The tournament is heading back to Swansea this year, with fixtures taking place in various venues around Swansea including Sketty Lane and the Liberty Stadium.

Sporting Fixtures 2018


Full Package: SOLD OUT

Includes entry to all fixtures*, a rugby ticket for the Liberty Stadium, transport to and from Swansea, official Welsh Varsity t-shirt and a ticket to the Welsh Varsity After Party in Y Plas.

Standard Package: SOLD OUT

Includes entry to all fixtures*, a rugby ticket for the Liberty Stadium, transport to and from Swansea and the official Welsh Varsity t-shirt.

Stadium tickets and coach times will be allocated at point of collection. If you would like to travel with your sports club or friends and sit together during the rugby match, you can organise this at the point of collection.

Collection information

*The event site at Sketty Lane has a fixed capacity. Tickets will be allocated at collection on a first come first served basis.

A festival of sport

Welsh Varsity started out 22 years ago as a rugby match between Cardiff University students and Swansea University students. Today it's so much more than that.

In recent years the match has been played at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff and the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, with live coverage on S4C. Past student players have gone on to play for the Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Llanelli Scarlets and even internationally for Wales so expect a high standard on the field.

Not an avid sports fan? Welsh Varsity is a great day out even if you don't know your shuttlecocks from your wickets. There's an amazing atmosphere on the day as thousands of students cheer on different teams so don't let a lack of sporting knowledge put you off.

In association with

Welsh Varsity works with prestigious partners each year to deliver the best event possible. We are proud to be working with Rhino Teamwear who are the official clothing sponsor of the Welsh Varsity.

Proud to support Rainbow Laces

In 2015, Welsh Varsity sports teams laced up for the first time and showed their support for the Rainbow Laces campaign. The campaign was launched by Stonewall with the aim of ridding sport of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia through getting players, clubs and fans to stand together and send out a message that it has no place in sport today. Sadly, discrimination remains a huge problem in many sports. Fear of abuse and discrimination excludes lesbian, gay, bi or trans people and puts them off taking part, or even watching sport.

Sport plays a huge part in University life for a great number of students all over the UK. It provides extra-curricular activity as a break from studies; not only having health and fitness benefits but also providing a great opportunity to meet and make new friends. Unfortunately, many LGBT+ students feel excluded or uncomfortable participating because of factors including the culture, structure and physical environment in which sport takes place.

For the fourth year in a row, teams competing in the tournament will be wearing Rainbow Laces to show their support the campaign.