City bidding for world university rugby competition
SWANSEA has submitted a bid to host the 2016 World University Rugby 7s Championships.
If successful it would be staged at the Swansea University Singleton Park Campus, using the campus accommodation, catering and social facilities alongside the sports facilities to create a championship village.
The bid has been submitted by the university and British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS). It has the backing of the Welsh Rugby Union, Sport Wales and Swansea Council as well as Wales and Ospreys second rower Alun Wyn Jones.
The 2013 Lions' third test winning captain, who graduated with a law degree from Swansea University in 2010, said: "It would be great to see a major rugby competition to Swansea — my hometown."
The 2016 World University Rugby 7's Championships will be the seventh edition of the games following the inaugural championships in Beijing China in 2005.
Most recently the World University Rugby 7s Championships took place in Brive France in 2012 where both Great Britain's men's and women's teams where crowned champions.
Professor Noel Thompson, Pro Vice Chancellor at Swansea University said: "Hosting the championships would be a privilege for Wales and Swansea.
"High level rugby competition is a priority for the university and the nation and these championships would reinforce this commitment and sit naturally alongside the recently announced aspiration to host the 2018 Rugby Sevens World Cup.
"Swansea University will deliver a competitor focussed championships of which Wales can be proud."