The Welsh Varsity is the second biggest Varsity event in the UK behind Oxford and Cambridge. A festival of sport, the tournament sees 48 fixtures across a range of sports compete for the coveted Welsh Varsity Shield. 

The official attendance for the festival of day sports in 2022 was 8,000 students with thousands attending the Men's and Women's rugby matches at The Liberty Stadium, Swansea. When in Swansea, the various sports took place at the Swansea Bay Sports Park with the event culminating with the showcase men's and the women's rugby matches being hosted at The Liberty Stadium.

A look at the past

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.

In the early years the Welsh Varsity match was held alternatively at Cardiff Arms Park and St Helens, the home of Swansea Rugby Club. Historically Swansea University enjoy the tag of perennial favourites at the Welsh Varsity Match winning to date; thirteen Varsities.

Swansea University have regularly enjoyed the ability to select from a vast pool of very talented players such as Welsh nationals Alun Wynn Jones, Ritchie Pugh and Dwayne Peel. 2007 saw Swansea field no less than 11 FIRA Internationals at varying ages resulting in a win at Cardiff Arms Park.


The Welsh Varsity 2023 In Photos

Welsh Varsity 2023

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