Saturday's National Rugby Championship match between the Charles Sturt University NSW Country Eagles and the University of Canberra Vikings will have some extra spice with a friendly wager between the institutions.
Charles Sturt University (CSU) Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann and University of Canberra (UC) Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker have agreed the flag of the winning team's university will fly over the opposition campus next week.
Professor Vann said he was looking forward to the Charles Sturt University NSW Country Eagles putting in a strong performance, having won similar wagers against Bond University QLD Country, Macquarie University North Harbour Rays and the University of Sydney Stars.
"A little rivalry between Charles Sturt University and the University of Canberra is always welcome, and I certainly hope it is the Charles Sturt University flag flying high next week," he said.
"But what unites our institutions, beyond the weekend's game, is a commitment to helping our students graduate as well-rounded individuals ready to contribute to their communities and professions.
"A healthy lifestyle is a key part of that, and Charles Sturt University firmly believes in the value of sport and community participation as one of the pillars of building strong communities and satisfying lives."
Professor Parker welcomed the challenge and said he's confident the UC Vikings will come out fighting after a couple of close games ended in a draw earlier in the season.
"The University of Canberra has a strong track record in research and teaching in sport and is on track to becoming Australia's leading sports university. The UC Vikings are one of the latest teams to become part of that journey. With the recent opening of our Sporting Commons, several elite and community-based sporting teams have co-located in our state-of-the-art facilities, providing staff, students and the local community an opportunity to interact with high-performing athletes," Professor Parker said.
Unfortunately Professor Parker won't be able to attend the game due to university business overseas but he said he was looking forward to the game. "I know the UC Vikings will make us proud," he added.
The CSU NSW Country Eagles are in second place on the National Rugby Championship table after seven rounds, six points ahead of the sixth-placed UC Vikings. With only two rounds remaining, Saturday's game is a crucial chance for the Eagles to consolidate a semi-final berth, while the UC Vikings must win to stay in contention.