In a show of support, Sydney University Football Club (SUFC), together with the University of Sydney, and Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness, presented Australia’s Ukrainian ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko with a blue and gold jersey to be sent on to president Volodymyr Zelenskyy on July 25.

Sport has often been a key factor in uniting countries and people across borders in the past, and Ukrainian rugby has been just one of countless communities devastated by the Russian invasion. In March, Oleksi Tsibko, the former captain of the Ukraine rugby team, died defending his people near the town of Bucha.

“It’s terrible what Ukraine is enduring right now; SUFC and SUSF stand in solidarity with Ukraine at this difficult time,” said Ed Smith, CEO of Sydney Uni of Sport & Fitness (SUSF).

The presentation, organised by Micheal Clements (father of Uni fullback and Aussie sevens player Tim) and Hugh Dillon, took place at the Univeristy of Sydney’s Main Quadrangle today. Also in attendance were Vice Chancellor Mark Scott AO, SUFC and Australian representative players Tim Clements and Emily Chancellor.