City universities set for Varsity showdown
The game will be the curtain-raiser to one of the most hotly contested local derbies in the rugby league calendar, Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers in the First Utility Super League.
The Rugby League Varsity game forms part of the Leeds Varsity event which sees teams from the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University go head to head in a number of sports across the year, in what is always a ‘must win’ event for every team.
Leeds Beckett University has an illustrious record in rugby league with a string of titles and a prestigious list of alumni and current students including Rhinos legends Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Jamie Jones Buchannan and talented youngsters Jimmy Keinhorst, Ashton Golding and Josh Walters. Leeds Beckett Rugby League Club have dominated student rugby league winning the BUCS title for 11 years in a row following their recent 5-4 hard fought victory over Northumbria.
The University of Leeds's Rugby League programme has seen major leaps forward in their performance over the last two years. In 2014/15 the team had their most successful season to date going 13 games unbeaten and finishing top in the BUCS Northern 1A league gaining promotion. In 2015/16 the club also welcomed former Leeds Rhinos Academy player George Milton to the side and have comfortably retained their Premier North status by advancing to the quarter finals of the BUCS championships.
In addition to the Varsity curtain-raiser game there will be Varsity themed entertainment in between the two games with the two university’s mascots going head-to-head in an on-pitch challenge and performances from the universities’ cheerleading and dance teams.
Students of both universities are invited to support their respective teams and a special student ticket package has been put together to include a ticket in the South Stand, a complimentary drink at the game and access to a post-game after party.
The £15 ticket includes entry to both the varsity game, which kicks off at 530pm, and the Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers game, kicking off at 8pm. This special ticket package goes on sale on Friday 18 March and can be bought by Leeds University students on www.leedstickets.com and by Leeds Beckett students from the Sports Officer, Carnegie Sports Centre at Headingley Campus. Student ID will be asked for.