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:

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Varsity Matches. When discussing the sponsorship, it very quickly became clear that these historic fixtures represented an outstanding fit for the culture and values we believe in at Jefferies. In particular, the Varsity Matches are champions for diversity and inclusion in sport, including gender equality through their work as strong advocates for women’s rugby. As partners, we look forward to working with the Varsity Matches to create positive social change and increase career opportunities in financial services, through the power of sport”.

Dominic Lester, European Head of Investment Banking at Jefferies, added:

“Like Jefferies, the Varsity Matches celebrate and support young talent, not only in the Rugby players on the pitch, but the many schools and students with whom they work. Our two organisations hold strong core values that promote social inclusion and diversity, including support of the LGBTQ+ community and people impacted by disabilities, in addition to gender and racial equity. We are very proud to be involved with the Varsity Matches as they reach their milestone 150th anniversary and are excited by the opportunity to help them write the next chapter”.

Becky Lane, Vice President, Equity Research at Jefferies (Cambridge Rugby Blue, The Varsity Women’s Match 2013), added:

“Rugby, like many team sports, instills important lifelong skills, such as teamwork, communication, resilience, respect, and the ability to adapt to change. As a former Cambridge University rugby player, there is much I owe to the sport and some of my best memories at University were made with team-mates on the pitch. Watching the evolution of The Varsity Matches over the years, the ongoing dedication to ensuring equal access for everyone to the sport is heartening. We believe that together, through this partnership, we will be able to further drive social change and create a platform that offers the opportunity of enriching lifelong experiences to all”.

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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


We are proud to be named as one of the main official partners of The Varsity Matches, where Oxford University plays Cambridge University in the “Battle of the Blues”.

The game between these two great rivals is steeped in history and goes all the way back to 1872. Next year will be the 150th Anniversary of the match and we are delighted to agree a 4 year sponsorship deal supporting this tremendous rugby event.

As a global legal recruitment company, Blue Pencil feels honoured to be supporting The Varsity Matches, especially now that the Women’s match has the same opportunity to play at Twickenham, and is one of the very few occasions where Women’s amateur rugby gets to play at the home of English Rugby.

Not only will the matches boost the profile of Blue Pencil, they will also provide a fantastic opportunity to network with alumni of both Oxford and Cambridge. Many lawyers have played in the match itself: indeed, the Blue Pencil logo carries the colours of both Oxford and Cambridge.

In 1994, Liam Mooney, the founder of Blue Pencil, became a Cambridge Blue himself for the first time. He said: “The Varsity Match is a tremendous rugby event. I feel very privileged to have played in the game in 1994 and 1995 and it provided me with so many opportunities. Rugby as a sport is a great leveller.

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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Led by people with experience of disability, we are at the heart of local life – opening doors to opportunity, choice and support in communities across the globe.

Like our founder, we believe that diversity creates a world of possibility. Through pioneering research and innovation we are building a fairer, more inclusive society; one that recognises the positive contributions we all make, and where we are proud to play our part.

Leading by example, we do everything humanly possible to empower people to live their lives as freely and as fully as they choose.

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WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins.

Our vision is a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.
We have staff and dedicated networks of volunteers based in the UK, US, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and South America who defend these remarkable creatures against the many threats they face through campaigns, lobbying, advising governments, conservation projects, field research and rescue.

WDC currently works on a range of campaign areas including:

  • Ensuring healthy seas, including tackling the major issue of ocean plastic pollution
  • Ending hunting and commercial whaling
  • Tackling the issue of bycatch and accidental entanglement in fishing gear, which kills an estimated 300,000 whales and dolphins every year
  • Ending the cruel practice of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity

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If you would like to become a partner of The Varsity Matches please contact Jeremy Macklin for further information via email ([email protected])

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