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Dr Geoffrey Vaughan, a former Wallaby and Melbourne University Rugby Football Club player, says the University has had a long history against the University of Sydney.

"Melbourne University started in 1909, the same year as the Victorian Rugby Union.  And the VRU to promote rugby in Victoria paid for an invited Sydney University team to come to Melbourne for a Melbourne University-Sydney University and we celebrate that this Saturday.  That started the Melbourne Uni-Sydney Uni games, which continued on regularly until the First World War, when rugby in Melbourne faded."

"After the war, funnily enough, Melbourne University started playing rugby league, which had started up in Victoria in a very junior sort of a way, but by 1923 the University club switched back to union specifically so they could play in the thriving intervarsity competition."

"There's been a number of intervarsity matches of note.  Intervarsity rugby has generally been dominated by Sydney University and Queensland University, the home states of rugby union, but Melbourne won several intervarsity matches in the 1930s." 

"We've also had a strong impact on rugby internationally, as a number of wallabies have come from MURFC.  For example, in 1934-35 Weary Dunlop became the first Victorian born Wallaby, and he had a long association with the club."

The Melbourne University Rugby Football Club (MURFC) will celebrate its 100th anniversary with an exhibition match against Sydney University Football Club on Saturday 6 June on the main University of Melbourne oval.

Former Justice of the High Court of Australia, The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, discusses international law in accepting an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the University of Melbourne.

The University of Melbourne has welcomed the announcement today of major Commonwealth and State funding to create a world leading comprehensive cancer centre in Melbourne.

“If we win today we’re in the finals. It’s not for yourself today. Everything you do today is for all your team mates out there. You’ve done it all year, lift that care for each other up another notch. Let’s show them that there’s a bunch of blokes who know how to play for each other and know how to play footy,” Alan Brown, Coach, Fitzroy Stars Football Club.

As Barack Obama approaches his first 100 days at President of the United States, noted US congressional scholar and media commentator, Dr Tom Mann, will discuss the performance of the Obama Administration in a public lecture at the University of Melbourne .

The science behind Victoria’s recent bushfires will be discussed at a forum at the University of Melbourne this week. The Melbourne School of Land and Environment will host a public forum as part of the Bushfire Recovery Initiative (BRI). The forum will address critical scientific issues including climate change, understanding the risks and management of bushfires, bushfire behaviour and the implications for our catchments and streams.

The Royal Society of Victoria will host a symposium at the University of Melbourne to highlight the contribution of Emeritus Professor Nancy Millis AC to science, higher education and public policy.

One of Australia’s leading supporters of cultural and social causes – Dame Elisabeth Murdoch - is to be honoured at the University of Melbourne this Monday, 30 March at 4pm in the Woodward Conference Centre, top floor, Melbourne Law School.

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