Varsity fever is growing as Swansea University students queued for their tickets and welcomed the news that former Ospreys boss Sean Holley has joined the Swansea University Rugby 1sts backroom to help out ahead of the huge event.

Holley has been a huge fan of the Welsh Varsity over recent years and believes that the event will continue to grow year after year.

“I’ve been impressed with the standard, the enthusiasm and the energy for it,” he said.

“It was a great atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium back in 2010 and I didn’t think it would be topped. Then to the Millennium Stadium last year, which I thought was a fantastic spectacle; not just off the field where the support was tremendous, on the field the standard of play was excellent. I think it will be as equally entertaining this year, if not better.”

Holley spent a total of nine years at the Ospreys: four of which were as Head Coach, shaping world-class talent like Tommy Bowe, Alun Wyn-Jones and Shane Williams, as well as sharing in the success of an Anglo Welsh Cup and three Celtic League titles.

He stepped down from the club in February of this and now is excited about getting involved with the Swansea set up in the build-up to Varsity.

The Welsh Varsity takes place every year between Swansea University and Cardiff University. Over 25 events to find the deserving winner of the Varsity Shield take place over the course of a week. The centrepiece rugby “head-to-head” match takes place on the Wednesday evening in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Over 14,500 spectators attended last years match.

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