VC officially welcomes Wallabies

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, has officially welcomed two-time Rugby World Cup winners Australia to the University of Bath.

Dame Glynis presents Michael Cheika with a University of Bath rugby shirt & receives a signed Australian shirt in return

The University is proud to be the official Team Base for the Wallabies as they prepare for their opening Rugby World Cup Pool A matches against Fiji and Uruguay.

Dame Glynis, with Director of Sport Stephen Baddeley, dropped into the squad’s final training session before they headed off to Cardiff where they will open up their World Cup campaign against Fiji later today (Wednesday 23 September) at the Millennium Stadium.

On a very wet morning on campus, they chatted to Wallabies’ Head Coach Michael Cheika and team manager Pat Molihan before the Vice-Chancellor presented Michael with a University of Bath rugby shirt and received a signed Australian shirt in return.

Michael thanked Dame Glynis for the ‘very warm welcome’ they had received from everyone at the University and praised the ‘first-class’ facilities provided to the team on campus.

The Vice-Chancellor wished Michael and the team all the best for the tournament.

She said: “We are delighted Australia chose our fantastic sports facilities for their Team Base. It was good to hear Michael speaking so highly of the University, our facilities and our staff.”

England and Wales also await the Wallabies, who are currently ranked second in the world after winning the Rugby Championship for the first time in four years.

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