Cardiff and Swansea are ready to do battle at the Millennium Stadium
Wales' premier universities go head-to-head tomorrow as Cardiff and Swansea clash at the Millennium Stadium in the 16th Welsh Varsity Match.
Swansea currently have the bragging rights following two consecutive Varsity triumphs, including a 28-18 victory in front of more than 14,500 students last year.
They have warmed up for this year's clash with the help of Wales Grand Slam star, and Swansea alumni, Alun Wyn Jones and former Ospreys coach Sean Holley.
The duo have been putting the squad through their paces to ensure they are ready for the fierce encounter.
But Swansea face a Cardiff side, who have secured a league double over their bitter rivals upon their return to BUCS Premier Division and are determined to avenge last year's Millennium Stadium loss.
"This season has gone very well," said Cardiff captain Jake Cooper-Woolley.
"We recorded the double over Swansea, beat UWIC for the first time in the club's history and narrowly lost a BUCS Championship quarter final to the reigning champions Durham.
"This year we have played tough fixtures week in and week out. We've also had some historic wins in comparison to the 100-0 drubbings we handed out last year. There is no doubt in my mind that in 2012, Swansea are coming up against a different team, with a much better attitude.
"But going into the Varsity match with two wins is bittersweet as Swansea may prefer the title of under dogs, meaning we are now expected to win.
"In 2009 we lost to Swansea twice in the league then won a tight varsity match. However we're aware that this is a one off game in front of a large crowd, who will play a part. Whichever team holds their nerve better on the day should win."
Cardiff have even implemented a booze ban in the build up to the clash to ensure they peak at the right time and Cooper-Woolley is determined to complete a hat-trick of wins.
"We try not to worry about them and what they're doing; we just concentrate on our roles and jobs for the day," added the prop forward.
"We have also been on a compulsory drinking ban for the last month in order to ensure that the boys come into it at 100 per cent.
"On the occasions that we have played them this season they have been missing a few key players. We're aware of our strengths and if we play to them, hopefully they will lead us to a win."
The Millennium Stadium Varsity Match is the culmination of a day of competition between the two universities including more than 20 sports.
Up to 30,000 students are expected to pack into the home of Welsh rugby with the Varsity Shield also up for grabs.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.
Wales U20 may start as favourites against Japan this evening in the U20 Championship, but Team Manager Mark Taylor is warning against complacency. He is also hoping a good win will boost morale and 'kickstart' performances.