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31 March 2011
Cardiff students have retained the Varsity Shield after an impressive sporting display.
Talented sportsmen and women took on rivals Swansea University in a day of competition (30th March). The battle for the Varsity Shield took place at the Welsh Institute of Sport in Cardiff.
Cardiff students came out on top in sports including badminton, netball and rowing, securing the shield for the University for another year.
"The Varsity Shield is a symbol of all-round sporting excellence and Cardiff students did not disappoint," said Jack Perkins, Athletic Union President. "Cardiff has never lost the Varsity Shield and I’m delighted that the 2011 competitors continued this tradition."
This year, in honour of the 15th anniversary of the Varsity rugby match the game was played at the Millennium Stadium, the home of Welsh rugby. It was also broadcast live on S4C for the first time.
Compèred by BBC Scrum V presenter Rick O’Shea, the game ended with Swansea retaining the Varsity Cup, with the score at 28-18.
More than 2500 spectators attended events throughout the day and a crowd of 14,000 gathered to watch Cardiff and Swansea rugby teams at the Stadium. All proceeds from the day went to Oxfam.
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