On Friday evening, under the vibrant lights of the Village Green, Randwick Colts and cross-town rivals Sydney University will lock horns in three highly anticipated matchups. All 3 grades vying for a top 4 spot heading into the back end of the season.

UNSW sports legend and Wallabies World Cup winner, Simon Poidevin, who also serves as the Chair of the UNSW Sports Advisory Council, expressed his excitement for this historic occasion. Poidevin acknowledging the remarkable partnership between Randwick Rugby and UNSW – “Randwick Rugby have had a wonderful partnership with UNSW for almost ten years, and there are currently over 30 students playing with the club, many of whom will be on show this Friday.”

Poidevin highlighted UNSW's commitment not only to supporting local rugby and providing opportunities for students but also to making a significant contribution to the local community through sport. The Village Green's transformation into a world-class sporting facility has paved the way for such remarkable events, capturing the essence of competitive rugby in an unparalleled setting. In addition to the excitement surrounding this blockbuster Friday evening of rugby, it is worth acknowledging the recent achievements of the Village Green in meeting the exacting standards set by World Rugby. The ground, after thorough testing by Acousto-Scan, a recognized Sports Test institute and NATA certified Laboratory, successfully passed all surface interaction, player interactive, and ball surface interaction tests.

The newly opened Home Ground café will be ready to serve refreshing drinks and snacks, while the grandstand offers ample covered seating for an incredible night of rugby. The action-packed evening commences with third grade at 5.15pm, second grade at 6.30pm and first grade game at 7.50pm.

Saturday's Indigenous Round at Coogee Oval: UNSW Nura Gili Day 

The weekend of rugby continues with the eagerly awaited Indigenous Round at Coogee Oval, in support of UNSW Nura Gili Day. The highlight of this event will be the Shute Shield clash between Randwick and Sydney University, with the coveted Poidevin-Farr Jones Cup up for grabs. Poidevin himself is particularly determined to see the Galloping Greens reclaim the trophy from their counterparts at the sandstone institution. The Poidevin-Farr Jones Cup, a prestigious honour, was donated by UNSW five years ago and proudly bears the names of Poidevin and his great friend and teammate, Nick Farr-Jones. Poidevin stating “it was an honour for both me and Nick to be asked for our names to adorn the trophy for such an historic and prestigious future.” The cup represents an enduring legacy and symbolizes the rich history shared by these rugby legends.

The main game, kicking off at 3pm, will be preceded by a Welcome to Country ceremony, paying homage to the traditional custodians of the land.