UWE Rugby Varsity

Issue date: 29 April 2009

Varsity Rugby - UWE vs Bristol UWE vs University of Bristol
5 May 2009,
Memorial Stadium
Kick off 18.00 (Gate opens at 17.00)
17.15 Varsity Ultimate Frisbee Exhibition

Men's and women's rugby teams from The University of the West of England and the University of Bristol will take to the field as part of the annual varsity series at the Memorial Stadium on 5 May 2009. And for the first time ever this year, the rugby will be preceded by an Ultimate Frisbee Varsity Competition between the two universities – all included in the price of the ticket.

The event is one of a series of sporting challenges between students at Bristol's two universities. The varsity series is a heady mix of fun and rivalry, with an increasing number of students and spectators enjoying the events.

Sean Starling Captain of the UWE rugby men's team says, “The 2008-2009 season has been a very successful one for the UWE X1V. In a very competitive league, UWE finished 4th and would have finished higher if not for a couple of narrow losses. This year's side is very experienced with many of the boys playing in there 2nd or 3rd varsities, as well having some talented freshers making their varsity debuts this year. I'm sure this year's varsity once again promises to be another entertaining night for all, especially as Bristol and UWE have both had very successful seasons.”

Ross Davies, for the University of Bristol Men's Rugby says, “At the start of the season, as a club and as a squad we were written off by a number of people who argued we wouldn't be able to compete in the top league of BUCS. However, this season we have finished third in the league and ran the top two teams very close on both occasions and went on to do very well in the play-offs. The squad is the strongest it has been for a number of years and several players have gone on to get international recognition. With the players we have at our disposal we are capable of beating any team that we are up against. The attitude within the squad has been superb throughout the year and we are more focused than ever to record consecutive varsity wins here this evening in order to cap off an outstanding season for UBRFC.”

Women's rugby will also be a feature of the evening. Rachael Fisher UWE Women's Rugby Captain says, “Despite having lost a lot of fantastic players at the end of last season, UWEWRFC has come back with an even better and more diverse squad. What we lack in experience we make up for in passion and heart. Bristol should be ready for their toughest game yet. May the best team win! On behalf of the squad I would like to thank our head coach Tom Monks and forwards coach Keith Bohr for their time and dedication, and lastly thanks to everyone who has supported us.”

Amy Blackwell for University of Bristol Women's Rugby said, “UBWRFC have had a very successful season this year, reaching our BUCS cup final, finishing 2nd in our league and maintaining a 100% home record at Coombe Dingle. We lost many of last year's squad to graduation so we welcomed a huge influx of new players, some experienced, most total novices but all enthusiastic and fantastic characters. Many thanks to our new coach Paul Shepherd, we are all very grateful for his efforts and support throughout the season.
The significance of this match has been instilled in the team from early in the season with newcomers told, “This is the biggest game of your life!”
Throughout this year we have been very good at producing outstanding individual and team performances when it came to massive games – I hope that we can rise to the occasion today and win back the varsity title.”

Rob Cave, UWE Ultimate Frisbee team captain says, “This game is rapidly becoming a very popular team sport. We are delighted to be able to play in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the memorial stadium.”

Speaking about the varsity series, UWE Sports President Lily Priggs says, “Rugby is always a very popular event in the varsity series. Both teams are fully committed to winning this important trophy and the atmosphere promises to be exciting and tense. With the added bonus of seeing the Ultimate Frisbee competition, it promises to be exciting sporting night out.”

For further information and results see: Varsity Series

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