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London students fight for rugby title

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Monday 14 February 2005

Two London student rugby teams face each other this week to compete for the Rugby Varsity JPR Williams Cup, a hotly contested match between Imperial College Medicals and Imperial College Union Rugby Football Clubs taking place on Wednesday 16 February.

The contest, named after former Welsh rugby captain and St Marys Hospital Medical School alumnus John Peter Rhys Williams, is now in its third year.

So far the Medicals have beaten ICU in every game, a record that club captain Gareth Walker intends to maintain. "We always enjoy the rivalry with ICU," he comments. "Weve had a tough season with some injuries and players away, but we are certainly hoping to repeat our previous victories."

He adds: "The fact that this is an evening floodlit match that attracts a large crowd really adds to the occasion and makes the night special for everyone."

However ICU club captain Hamish Pearse-Danker is determined that the Medicals will not have it all their own way.

"The match has always been very competitive and the standard of the two teams has been getting closer each year," he says. "I feel this year we have a very good chance of winning it."

In addition to the main evening game, which kicks off at 7.30pm, the event this year has been expanded to include mens and womens football, hockey and rugby. Neil Mosley, Head of Sport and Leisure at Imperial, says:

"This match has already established itself as one of the highlights of the Imperial sporting calendar. The game is a fantastic showcase for rugby at Imperial and the traditional internal rivalries make for very competitive, high quality sport."

The varsity match will take place on 16 February at Richmond Athletic Association Ground. Other games will be held from midday onwards at Harlington Sports Ground. Photos will be available after the event.

Imperial College Londons main campus is in South Kensington, with six other west London campuses centred on the Colleges teaching hospitals. There are also two further campuses at Silwwod Park in Berkshire and Wye, near Ashford in Kent.

For further information and to attend contact:

Abigail Smith
Imperial College London Press Office
Tel: 020 7594 6701

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