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16 April 2012 | PR 12/68

Tickets on sale to see the Barbarians - coached by Loughborough graduate

Andy Robinson

Andy Robinson.

Scotland's coach Andy Robinson has accepted an invitation to take charge of the Barbarians' squad that plays Loughborough Students on Wednesday 9 May.

The special match is to celebrate the new Loughborough University stadium, situated on the West end of campus.  The match will kick off at 7.30pm.

Robinson was a graduate of Loughborough University and led the side to victory in the final of the UAU Championships in 1986.

He also played 11 times for the Barbarians, including the match against Australia in 1988 and overseas tours to Russia and Japan.

Andy Robinson said:

“I'm delighted to accept the invitation to coach the Barbarians in their match against Loughborough Students next month. I have many happy memories of my time at Loughborough and two of my sons, Olly and Eddy, are students there at the present.”

Welcoming the appointment, Barbarians' president Micky Steele-Bodger said:

“It is an absolute privilege for us to have Andy Robinson back with the Barbarians again. He captained the club on three occasions in his playing days and was the ideal leader when we took a squad on tour to Japan in 1996. At the same time we are very conscious of his links with Loughborough and we were very keen for him to be part of a special occasion next month.”

Loughborough Students have enjoyed a successful season and are already crowned champions of National Two North in the English leagues. Next season they will play in National League One, effectively one of the top forty clubs in England.

Head Coach David Morris said:

“We are delighted that the Barbarians have agreed to play us as part of the official opening of the newly built University Stadium. The brand of rugby on show should be electric with both sides renown for running rugby. It is also very special for the university to have alumni and former Loughborough Students player Andy Robinson to coach the Barbarians side.

“The student and local community support for the team this season has been key in us winning National Two North this season, it really is recognised and appreciated by the players on the field. I hope we can stage a great rugby evening and welcome local rugby supporters and students to the new stadium.”

Tickets for the Loughborough Students RFC fixture against the Barbarians are now on sale.

There will be two ways to purchase tickets.

If you are a current student or member of staff you will be able to purchase tickets from the Student’s Union reception from 1pm.

You will be allowed to purchase up to two tickets, and you will need your staff/student ID card as proof of identity.

Tickets for staff/students are priced at £10. Students will also be able purchase end terrace tickets for £7.

The second option for the wider local and rugby community is to purchase tickets online.

Tickets will cost £12 adults and £8 children (plus booking fee and postal charge). Up to eight tickets can be purchased online at http://lboro.ticketline.co.uk/  or by phone on 0844 888 9991 every day from 0900 - 2100.

The fixture has been arranged to celebrate the new Loughborough University stadium, situated on the West end of campus.  The match will kick off at 7.30pm. The gates open at 6pm and there will be food and drink on sale.

Please note that we are expecting to sell out the event, so advise you to purchase your tickets early to avoid missing out. Also there will only be terraced standing tickets available for this fixture.

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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

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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