Jefferies is the largest independent, global, full-service investment banking firm headquartered in the U.S.

Ed Keen, Head of Equities EMEA at Jefferies, commented:

Ed Keen, Head of Equities EMEA


“The Varsity Matches combine the best of old and new traditions, while celebrating achievement and high-performance. 2024 marks the third year of our partnership, and we are delighted that this has enabled us to continue to build on the work done to date in both financial services and sport, by sharing learnings and engaging on the key issues of gender diversity, LGBTQ+ awareness and inclusion, while supporting the next generation of sporting talent – from the grassroots to the skilled young people taking part in this year’s matches.”


Dominic Lester, Head of Investment Banking EMEA


“Jefferies is proud to again sponsor the Varsity Matches, continuing the work we are doing to share experiences and learnings that support our ambition of improving diversity and inclusion. We are firm believers in the power of sport to build critical skills that create positive social change, whilst also creating opportunities for young people in careers such as financial services.”


Fred Jallot, Head of Fixed Income EMEA


“We are proud supporters of Varsity and their commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and education. We are looking forward to this year’s event, as it brings us together with our clients and families around an historic competition that celebrates the next generation of sporting talent.”

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All the teams involved in The Varsity Matches are delighted to be using the Rhino team-wear and balls again for the next three years.

This follows the initial three-year partnership which
has been a great success for all parties, both on and off the pitch.

The players have really appreciated the tight-fitting of the match wear, and both players and supporters alike have loved the off-pitch range, with the mid-layer a particular favourite worn around the streets of Oxford and Cambridge.

The team administrators at both university rugby clubs have found Dave Reynish and his team to be extremely supportive and responsive, especially around the normal rush in advance of the season.

The other great success has been the new Vortex ball that Rhino introduced in the 2019 season. Hookers, scrum halves and goal kickers have found the Vortex to be the ball of choice, with the highlight being the 100% kick-success registered on Varsity Match day.

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LEXI Finance, the leading real estate capital advisory, provides bespoke funding solutions for property developers and investors across the United Kingdom.

Co-founder Nick Holding-Parsons commented on the announcement of the partnership: “LEXI are delighted to support this year’s Varsity Matches as the official shirt sponsor, continuing a long tradition linking property with Rugby.

The Oxford and Cambridge Varsity Matches and LEXI share many of the same values. Whilst Varsity Rugby is steeped in history and represents a collective heritage, and comparatively LEXI is a newer organisation, we both inspire hard work, passion and innovation.

At LEXI, we strive to know the real estate finance market better than anyone else, to offer
best-in-class advice and to find astute solutions to our clients’ funding problems. We know that students of Oxford and Cambridge Universities have the same commitment to excellence, and as such, we are delighted to become part of the family.

Like The Varsity Matches, LEXI Finance are keenly aware of our responsibility to the wider community and foster the same commitment to inclusivity. We see our partnership with The Varsity Matches as a continuation of our partnership with TreeSisters, a charity dedicated to reforestation through female empowerment. For more on this, see our website, which details how we’ve turned business success into planting over 10,000 trees.

We look forward to a relationship with The Varsity Matches for years to come.”

Read more on LEXI Finance here

The Varsity Matches company is delighted to be working with Walker Slater. This will provide an excellent opportunity for fans of the Varsity Matches, both women and men, to access both high quality garments for smart leisure-wear and a wide range of merchandise to capture the opportunity to buy the perfect gift for friends and family.

Following in the footsteps of the Scottish Rugby Union who partnered with Walker Slater to create a very stylish bespoke tweed for fans and players, the Varsity Match Company can now offer this brand new Varsity Matches Tweed.

Paul Walker, of Walker Slater goes on to say:

“Walker Slater are thrilled to work with the Varsity Match on their tweed collection, using a bespoke Borders tweed honing the colours of the two teams – Oxford and Cambridge, the balance is perfect. The cloth represents equally the two teams and the colours are complementary to each other making for an interesting and stand-out herringbone cloth. With our home in Scotland, we are pleased to have a partnership which grew from and was developed through our Covent Garden store.”

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