Welsh Varsity returns to Swansea in 2018

This year’s Welsh Varsity will be held in Swansea, where the Liberty Stadium will play host to the showpiece rugby match on Wednesday 25 April.

Welsh Varsity 2018 logo Now in its 22nd year, the tournament sees Swansea University sports teams go head-to-head with Cardiff University students in the biggest student event in Wales and the largest student multi-sport event in the UK.

‌The Welsh Varsity is a week-long festival of sport, running from 18 - 25 April. Throughout the week, students will compete in over 40 different sports for the Varsity Shield, including Ultimate Frisbee, swimming, golf, fencing, squash, boxing, basketball, and hockey.

The majority of the Welsh Varsity games take place at Swansea University’s International Sports Village in Sketty Lane on Wednesday 25 April, culminating with the men’s rugby match at the Liberty Stadium at 7pm.

Swansea will be looking to retain the Varsity Shield for another year, having taken it home for the first time in the competition’s history in 2017. Cardiff University’s men’s rugby team will be looking to repeat last year’s performance in the Principality Stadium, and take home the Welsh Varsity Cup. 

Swansea's River Tawe will be the venue for the 13th Welsh Boat Race between Swansea University and Cardiff University Rowing Clubs on Saturday 21 April.

Welsh Varsity players

Gwyn Aled Rennolf, Sports Officer at Swansea University Students' Union, said: "We're really excited to be the home team for the Welsh Varsity tournament this year. Our fans always get behind the players but there's something extra special about playing in front of a home crowd. Our players have been training really hard and we're certain we'll be keeping the Shield in Swansea”.

Tom Kelly, Vice President Sport & Athletic Union President, is looking forward to taking Team Cardiff back to Swansea: “Welsh Varsity is one of the biggest highlights in the student calendar. A lot of preparation goes into the tournament, both behind the scenes and on the field. I’m excited to be heading back to Swansea in April and hopefully celebrating a Cardiff win!”