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25 January 2012 | PR 12/11

Barbarians confirm special fixture against Loughborough Students

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Loughborough University graduate and Wales rugby legend Gerald Davies in action for the Barbarians.

The Barbarians will play Loughborough Students Rugby Football Club at the University’s new stadium on Wednesday 9 May 2012.

Confirming the special fixture, Barbarians' Secretary Alan Evans said:

“We received an invitation from the Loughborough Students RFC to play a match as part of a series of events to mark the opening of the new stadium, which has a capacity of 3,000.

“Loughborough has a long history as a major rugby nursery for club and international players and we are very pleased that they wanted us to play a part in launching this latest development in their facilities.”

Among several Loughborough graduates who have gone on to play for the Barbarians are Gerald Davies, Fran Cotton, Andy Robinson and Clive Woodward, testimony to the quality of the students and the rugby played at the University.

Currently, Loughborough Students are flying high at the top of the National North 2 league table. Promotion at the end of the season would see them in National League 1 in 2012/2013.

Dave Morris, Head Coach of Loughborough Students Rugby Football Club, said,

“We are delighted that we have attracted the legendary Barbarian Football Club to play a fixture against the Students to celebrate the new stadium. Having such a world famous sporting institution on campus will ensure that it will be a fitting occasion.

“The ethos of both clubs is to play attractive rugby, therefore we are expecting it to be an entertaining match. We hope that such a high profile event will attract great support from staff and students as well as members of the local community and rugby fans further afield.”

This latest addition to the Barbarians' fixture list completes a busy month for the club. At the end of May the Baa-Baas' summer tour takes in representative matches against England, Ireland and Wales in a seven-day period.

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Barbarians' Fixtures:
Wednesday 9 May : Loughborough Students (Loughborough University)
Sunday 27 May : England (Twickenham)
Tuesday 29 May : Ireland (Kingsholm, Gloucester)
Saturday 2 June : Wales (Millennium Stadium)

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For all media enquiries contact:

Rob Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk

Alan Evans
Secretary
Barbarian FC
T: 07900 102626
E: alan.evans@thebarbarians.co.uk

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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