The 2018/19 British Universities and Colleges Sport Super Rugby tournament kicks off for it’s second edition this week with a fifth of the teams coming from Cardiff.
Cardiff Met were original members of the 10 teams that played in the inaugural tournament last season, finishing third with an identical win/loss record to eventual champions Exeter, but with significantly fewer bonus points leaving them trailing Northumbria in second place as well.
City rivals Cardiff Uni, on the other hand, join this season’s Super Rugby courtesy of winning the BUCS South A league before defeating North A winners Newcastle over two legs.
It’ll be the larger of the two institutions who make their league bow first this season, with Wednesday seeing them welcome Hartpury from just over the English border to the University Playing Fields at Llanrumney.
They will be coached by former Neath and Llandovery, amongst other clubs, hooker Alun Wyn Davies while Tom Wilson, who played 11 times for Cardiff RFC last season, will captain the side. Kick-off is at 17:00.
Cardiff Met will have to wait until next week to get their season underway, although they have been in WRU Championship action since August and are currently sitting second only on points difference behind Pontypool after four straight wins to start the campaign.
If they’re frustrated about having to delay their Super Rugby start though, there’s no better game to take out their anger on than the Cardiff derby.
The Arms Park will host Cardiff Uni v Cardiff Met next Wednesday evening which will bring the curtain down on the 2018 Uni Cup also featuring the University of South Wales and Cardiff Medics.
Action will get underway at 11.30am, with the Super Rugby finale kicking off at 19:30. Tickets are available through Cardiff Blues with half the revenue going back to the universities.