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The Varsity Match: Summer switch to Leicester
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first men’s Varsity Match played at Twickenham, which has sadly been unable to take place at the home of English rugby due to national lockdown restrictions.
Oxford and Cambridge University’s four rugby captains are determined to avoid a second year without a Varsity Match, and have set a new date for the annual ‘Battle of the Blues’ on Sunday, 4 July, 2021.
Oxford captains Fiona Kennedy and George Messum, alongside Cambridge duo Elisha Clark and Steve Leonard, have agreed to take their games from Twickenham to the Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium in Leicester.
The switch to Leicester’s iconic stadium, an equidistant point between the two universities, is seen as the best compromise given likely restrictions on numbers.
The new summer date is aligned with the RFU’s current Return to Rugby plan, and will give the students sufficient training and playing time in the build-up to the Varsity Matches.
For the first time ever, the Varsity Matches will take place at a weekend. It will be the perfect time to meet up with friends, bring the family or arrange a club trip to the ultimate festival of amateur rugby.
We want to welcome fans of all different backgrounds, whether you’re a seasoned veteran or if you’ve never been to a game before. There really is something for everyone at the Varsity Matches.
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Cambridge will be looking to make it four in a row after their last gasp, dramatic victory over Oxford in 2019. Will we be in for another thrilling finish in this year’s fixture?
After winning in 2018, the Oxford men will be looking to avenge the defeat to Cambridge in 2019. Everything is on the line as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the game being held at Leicester.
See what it means to the players and fans to go head-to-head in one of the biggest rivalries in Britain
“Our group had a fabulous reunion to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Varsity team. We took a box for the 15 of us, with great views of the pitch and an excellent food and beverage package. After the game we caught up with the players and lots of other friends from other year groups in the Varsity Gathering, and even spoke to some of the players we played against from Oxford. It really was the best way to enjoy The Varsity Matches experience.”Ian PeckCambridge
“What a fabulous day! We had top class Oxbridge academics, great networking opportunities and we made excellent contacts. After the matches, in premium seats, we joined the exclusive Varsity Gathering, met the players and rubbed shoulders with former internationals. Exceptionally good value!”Senior ExecutiveJones Laing Lasalle
“I have been going down to the Varsity Matches at Twickenham for the last 5 years with a group of customers and prospects. We have taken a table in the Spirit of Rugby, with seats in the Royal Box, and drinks in the Members’ Lounge. It is a really great day out and exceptional value for money.”Cambridge Property CompanyCEO
We’re Proud To Be Amateur
As the culmination of an entire season filters into a single 80-minute fixture, the shared experiences amongst the squad, and the importance of the day-to-day journey to the Varsity Match, is unrivalled against any other rugby experience I have had.
Watching Coreen Grant score her spectacular try in the 76th minute last year was a great moment. Being on the pitch with the team when the whistle blew was an unbelievable experience.
It epitomises the obsessive nature of competitive sport. Players sacrifice more than their time to simply attempt to wear the Light Blue jersey. I have never come across another match that captures the hearts and minds of all who take part, and I doubt I ever will.
For me the Varsity Match means the opportunity to play exciting rugby with the privilege of representing Oxford, alongside my teammates who have each others’ backs.