Rugby: Annual college clash returns to stadium

The historical battle between Selwyn and Knox university colleges will resume at Forsyth Barr Stadium tonight.

The fierce rivals will play the curtain-raiser for the Highlanders-Crusaders Super rugby match at the venue, with Cameron Memorial Shield points up for grabs.

The two colleges play for the shield across a range of sports every year.

This evening's match will be a repeat of the first match played at the covered stadium, in which Selwyn beat Knox, in August 2011.

It was a trial of sorts for the stadium and was not televised but it was a real privilege for those players who took the field.

The shield has been contested since 1932 and a great deal of pride is attached to it.

It was bought through a memorial fund set up by a group of Knox students to commemorate the Rev Dr Andrew Cameron, who had died a decade earlier.

Dr Cameron, who served as chancellor of the University of Otago and senator of the University of New Zealand, is recognised as the founder of Knox.

The shield not only encouraged sporting achievement, but also served as a reminder of the man who first visualised Knox and helped build the university's reputation.

The match is taken seriously by both sides and both have been training for several weeks for the encounter.

They have proper coaches and some quality players.

The contest has been split in the past two years, with Selwyn winning 27-0 last year and Knox emerging with a 29-25 win in 2014.

The university's connection with the Highlanders through its sponsorship is a factor in the match being played at the stadium.

The match kicks off at 5.05pm.

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