Leeds universities in Varsity battle

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Bragging rights will be at stake as hundreds of talented students prepare to represent their universities in the Leeds Varsity sports games next week.

Teams from Leeds Beckett University will take on their city neighbours University of Leeds in the annual one-day sport event on Wednesday, October 7.

Josephine Mannion, Varsity event manager at Leeds Beckett University, said: “Varsity 2015 promises to be bigger and better than ever.

“There will be lots of sporting action happening throughout the day on campus and at Leeds Uni so we are encouraging staff and students to come down and cheer on every team to victory.”

Around 1,400 students from both universities will go head-to-head in more than 50 fixtures across the city as part of the competition, which is running for the 11th year.

Sports to be contested on the day include rugby squash, athletics, water polo and indoor cricket.

The Varsity games will climax with a match between the universities’ rugby union teams at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Almost 13,000 people watched the final game last year, which Leeds Beckett won 46-30.

Josh Longson, Leeds Beckett’s rugby union team captain, said: “To be leading out the Leeds Beckett team for this match is a huge honour, I’ve been captain in other big events but nothing compares to Varsity.

“The atmosphere is something a lot of rugby players will never get to experience in their rugby careers.”

Organisers will also be raising money for charities Marie Curie Cancer Care and Newlife.