Glasgow Rugby varsity
The Glasgow Rugby Varsity is an annual rugby showcase between Glasgow’s biggest university rivals, Strathclyde and Glasgow. The event sees a fiercely competitive battle for the Rugby Varisty Trophy with the men's and women's fixtures taking place in one evening of action packed rugby. For the first time ever, the 2023 Glasgow Rugby Varsity event was held at Scotstoun Stadium, the home of Glasgow Warriors. The 3,200 seater stadium was sold out and the atmosphere was electric, including half time performances from the University of Strathclyde's Cheerleading club, Strathclyde Warriors.
Pictured: The Women's & Mens Rugby Varsity Trophies, alongside Scotstoun Stadium
2023 seemed like a year for firsts, with the first-ever Women’s Rugby Varsity fixture taking place. We sat down with the Women’s Rugby Club President Courteney Flower and Team Captain Laura Grant to discuss the team’s preparation for the upcoming game.
Laura Grant said: "We are always ready to give Glasgow Uni a run for their money."
Courteney Flower added: "The team is excited to play. We expect that Glasgow Uni will bring their A-game, and we are bringing the energy to match."
Pictured: STRATHCLYDE Women's Rugby team taking part in Rugby varsity for the first time in 2023
The History of Rugby Varsity
Glasgow Rugby Vasity first took place in 2016. Since then, the Strathclyde men's team have won the trophy every year. In 2023, Strathclyde defeated Glasgow 19 points to 12. The event didn't take place in 2020 due to COVID-19 but was back in action 2021 with Strathclyde taking the win again.
Historically there hasn't been a women's rugby varsity match take place alongside the men's, but for the 2023 Rugby Varsity we saw the women's fixture be included for the first time ever. It was a nail biting back and fourth match which culminated in a winning penalty try from Glasgow, finishing 22-17.
The event saw a new partnership agreed in 2023 with Glasgow Warriors. The professional rugby club have given the teams a fantastic opportunity to play at their home ground at Scotstoun Stadium and experience a game atmosphere like no other student experience.
Glasgow Warriors Manging Director, Al Kellock, said: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome players and students from across the city to our home at Scotstoun Stadium.
“With more than 3,000 spectators expected to turn out for the games this is a fantastic opportunity for us to connect with a new audience and give them a warm Glasgow Warriors welcome.
What makes VARSITY SO SPECIAL?
University of Strathclyde Director of Sport and Active Health Neil Brown said: “Glasgow Rugby Varsity is a fantastic event and an opportunity to celebrate our successful partnership with Glasgow Warriors.
“For the first time, both women’s and men’s clubs are playing in a double header and the fact that we’re anticipating to sell out the main stand at Scotstoun demonstrates what an exciting time it is for student sport.”
The University of Strathclyde has a long and very compeititve sporting history with the University of Glasgow. Having a stand alone event like Rugby Varsity, captures the essence this competitiness but also reinforces the value that sport can having for students and the wider community.
Eligibility for Varsity matches are as follows:
- Must be a fully registered member of the Sports Union
- Must be a current and fully regsitered student at the University
- Must be a current paid member of the Rugby Club
Tickets are expected to go on sale mid January and can be purchased on the Glasgow Warriors website.