Glasgow vs Strathclyde Varsity: Everything you need to know

The lowdown on the most hyped sporting event this Freshers’

This Freshers’ week sees two of the top men’s university rugby teams battle it out for the prestigious title of Gladiators of Glasgow.


At 2pm this Thursday at the Garscube Sports Complex, the University of Glasgow 1st XV and the University of Strathclyde 1st XV take to the field to showcase all their hard work and training over the last couple of months.

The fierce rivalry between the two teams is well known, with their previous encounters being extremely close. On the 5th of March Glasgow triumphed to win the Glasgow cup, putting an abrupt end to Strathclyde’s 5 game winning streak. It will definitely be interesting to see if Glasgow can maintain this form, or if Strathclyde come back fighting and take back a win.

Either way, the atmosphere is guaranteed to be intense.

On the day, free buses will be running from both campuses. From University Avenue the first bus will be at 12.45 and the second at 13.30, and from Strathclyde Sports Union there will be one at 13.00 and 13.15. Public transport is also readily available for transport to Garscube.


In addition to the game itself, music will be playing throughout the day, there will be a mascot race at half time and, of course, the crossbar challenge. On entry to the game all spectators will be given a ticket, if your ticket is one of the lucky ones you will be entered into the Crossbar Challenge. The first person to hit the crossbar will bag £100.

Also, Scotland’s most capped 7s player and Sky commentator Colin Gregor  will be providing some in-game commentary along with some ‘interesting’ facts on the players.


The event will showcase the high standard of student rugby that exists within these two Universities and the positive influence both rugby clubs have on the sporting experience of the students. In future, the event will aim to be held at Scotstoun, much like the Edinburgh Rugby Varsity which is held at Murrayfield.

This is sure to be a quality student event so make sure you get down there and experience first hand not only some of the finest student rugby Glasgow has to offer but also the intense intercity contention between these two teams. For more information click the link below.