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Twickenham hosts the 137th men's Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge University on Thursday, 6 December. Here is everything you need to know ahead of this year's historic fixture.
History and form
Cambridge go into this year's fixture looking to make it three wins on the bounce having beaten the dark blues 20-10 at Twickenham last season.
That win extended their overall tally to 63 compared to Oxford's 59 and the light blues will be confident of adding to that having won their last four matches in the build up to this game.
Oxford have won six of their last eight matches this season and will be searching for their first Varsity Match win since 2015 when they lifted the trophy for a record sixth successive year.
Owens takes charge
Nigel Owens MBE will add another big rugby occasion to his CV as he officiates the Varsity Match for the first time.
The 47-year-old Welshman will be back at the venue where he refereed the 2015 World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia before heading to Paris on Sunday to take charge of the Heineken Champions Cup clash between Racing 92 and Leicester Tigers.
“So many of the greatest referees have officiated at the Varsity Match at Twickenham," says Owens. "It is one of the iconic fixtures in the game. I'm really looking forward to being part of such an historic occasion."
Robson returns to Twickenham
Former England and Harlequins lock George Robson will return to Twickenham for the fixture, making his debut for Oxford University at the age of 33.
Robson, who is studying for an MBA at Keble College, will be following in the footsteps of another recent Harlequins international, Jamie Roberts who was part of the light blues team that lost in 2015.
Waldouck leads dark blues
Oxford will be led by former Wasps, Northampton Saints, London Irish and Newcastle Falcons back Dominic Waldouck, one of seven returning dark blues.
Waldouck is joined in the back line by the former England Under 20 and London Irish back Ben Ransom and Leicester Tigers scrum half Harry Tressider.
“It is a very unique environment and I have really enjoyed being a part of it," says Waldouck. "We are a very tight group, the key will be executing on the day.”
Cambridge call on experience
Cambridge skipper Nick Koster will be one of 10 returning Blues in his matchday 23 and the former Bath and Bristol forward believes that experience will be key.
“We are very firmly the underdogs because Oxford have got six or seven players with professional experience. So we aren’t feeling any pressure going in the Varsity Match,” says Koster.
“What happened in previous games is almost irrelevant because every contest is a new year because of the turn-over of players. Our team is largely a team of undergrads that is willing to learn with every game.”
Ones to watch for Cambridge
Koster has last season’s Alistair Hignell Medal winner Chris Bell at scrum half and will hope England Sevens centre Jake Hennessey, a try scorer last year, can keep quiet former Heineken Cup winner Waldouck in the Oxford midfield.
Cambridge full back Joey Gatus will be very familiar with Twickenham having played in the Schools Cup final earlier this year for QEGS, Wakefield. Gatus also played in the Schools Cup final three years earlier at U15 level.
Tickets for the 30th Anniversary of Women’s Varsity Match and 137th Men’s Varsity Match at Twickenham on Thursday, 6 December, are still available from £25 adults, £15 students and £10 juniors. Buy online here.