About the Welsh Varsity Challenge

The history of the Welsh Varsity from the beginning ...

The inaugural Welsh Varsity match was played in 1997 in the Welsh Capital and home of Cardiff Rugby Football Club, Cardiff Arms Park. The game was played by the two Welsh Premier Universities; Cardiff and Swansea and the highly successful 'Varsity' model was adopted with all proceeds from the event going to Oxfam.

Welsh Varsity Cymru ‌‌The Welsh Varsity is the second largest of the British varsity games, behind Oxford v Cambridge, and sees Swansea and Cardiff students competing in more than 30 different sports, from basketball, rowing, golf, hockey and swimming, to fencing, squash and Ultimate Frisbee.

It is one of the highlights of the Swansea University calendar for the famous Green and White Army of supporters.

In the early years the Welsh Varsity Cup Match was held alternatively at Cardiff Arms Park and St Helens, the home of Swansea Rugby Club. In 2003 and until 2007 the game was held at the neutral ground of the Brewery field in Bridgend. In recent years, the location of the Welsh Varsity has alternated between Cardiff and Swansea.

Many Swansea students have gone on to represent their countries or gain professional or semi-professional club contracts after great performances in the Welsh Varsity Match. British and Irish Lions Captain Alun-Wyn Jones, and Welsh internationals Richie Pugh, Rhys Priestland and Dwayne Peel are among those to have played in green and white at Varsity.

Tickets for Varsity 2017 go on sale at Swansea University Students' Union on Thursday 2 February.