The stakes have never been higher
THE biggest student event in Wales - the Welsh Varsity Challenge - celebrates its 20th anniversary next month.
It 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.
Each year, about 20,000 students watch the games which this year are being held in Swansea and culminate in the showpiece men's rugby match at the Liberty Stadium.
It is one of the highlights of the Swansea University calendar for the famous Green and White Army of supporters.
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 the Green and White at Varsity.