Oxford University RFC

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Oxford University RFC
Full nameOxford University Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s)Blues
Founded1869; 150 years ago (1869)
LocationOxford, England
Ground(s)Iffley Road (Capacity: 5,500[1])
Captain(s)Edward David & Hazel Ellender
Team kit
Official website
www.ourfc.org

The Oxford University Rugby Football Club (Oxford University RFC or OURFC) is the rugby union club of the University of Oxford.[2][3] The club contests The Varsity Match every year against Cambridge University at Twickenham.

History[edit]

Men's Team[edit]

1906 joint team photo of Oxford University RFC and the South African national rugby union team
1906 joint team photo of Oxford University RFC and the South African national rugby union team

The University of Oxford RFC was founded in 1869, fifteen months before the creation of the Rugby Football Union. The first Varsity Match was played in February 1872 in Oxford at 'The Parks', the following year the return game was played in Cambridge on Parker's Piece. In 1874 it was decided that the game be played on a neutral ground. Oxford, like rivals Cambridge, have supplied hundreds of players to national teams, and was key in spreading the sport of rugby throughout Britain as past students brought the game back to their home counties. The very first international player to be capped whilst at Oxford was Cecil Boyle, who represented England in 1873, one season before Cambridge University. In 1951 OURFC became the first Western rugby team to tour Japan after World War II[4]. The record for most appearances in a Varsity Match for Oxford is held by Lewis Anderson who has played in six matches between 2010 and 2015, all won by Oxford. Over 300 OURFC players have gone on to win international honours.

OURFC currently has 3 Men's teams: 1st XV Blues, 2nd XV Greyhounds and 3rd XV Whippets. All three teams play Varsity matches against their respective Cambridge opponents. Additionally, there is also a Men's U20s squad which contest their own Varsity Match alongside the Women's 2nd XV[4].

Major Stanley's Match[5][edit]

The 1889 Oxford University Rugby union Varsity Match team, Back Row (L-R): L.J.Percival, W.E.Bromet, E.H.G.North, P.C.Cochran, R.S.Hunter. Sitting: J.H.G.Wilson, R.F.G. de Winton, C.J.N.Fleming, R.O.B.Lane, R.T.D.Budworth, A.M.Paterson, A.R.Kay. On Ground: P.R.Clauss, R.G.T.Coventry, J.S.Longdon.
The 1889 Oxford University Rugby Union Varsity Match team

Major R. V. Stanley was an Oxford local who took a hearty interest in the development of OURFC, becoming its first representative on the RFU Committee 1903-27. The first recorded Stanley's Match took place in 1919, after the 1914 match was cancelled due to the outbreak of World War I. An invitational squad, similar to the Barbarians, the Major Stanley's XV historically drew in big name players such as Thomas Voyce and William Wavell Wakefield. Major Stanley's Match is an annual fixture played in preparation of the Varsity Match and recent Stanley's XVs have included Cardiff RFC.[6]

Women's Team[edit]

Sue Day (St. John's) scoring a try against Scotland in the 2007 Six Nations
Sue Day (St. John's) as England Captain in 2007

Oxford University WRFC was founded in 1988 and has been playing Cambridge University WRUFC annually since. The first women's Varsity was won by Cambridge; Oxford currently have 20 Varsity victories to Cambridge's 13[7]. Notable players include Sue Day (St John's), who has won 59 England caps[8].

As of May 2015, Oxford University RFC and Oxford University WRFC have officially merged into one University RFC[9]. 2015 also marked the first year that the women's Varsity Match was held at Twickenham on the same day as the men's game. OURFC Women's 1st XV compete in BUCS Premiership South[10] and the 2nd XV (the Panthers) play friendlies as well as a 2nd XV Varsity against Cambridge University Women's 2nd XV (the Tigers).

Honours[edit]

Oxford University Greyhounds:

Oxford University Women's Blues:

  • BUCS Vase Champions 2017
  • BUCS Vase Runners Up 2019[11]

Notable former players[edit]

Oxford University RFC has fielded over 300 international rugby players, many of whom were first Capped during their time playing for the club[12].

Recent OURFC Captains[14][15][edit]

  • 2000 Jamie Weston (Keble)
  • 2001 Brett Robinson (Wadham) & Karen Jones
  • 2002 Fraser Gemmell (St Catherine's)
  • 2003 John Allen (University)
  • 2004 David Lubans (St Anne's) & Zahler Bryan
  • 2005 Andrew Dalgliesh (St Anne's) & Rebecca Young
  • 2006 Kevin Brennan (Linacre)
  • 2007 Joe Roff (Harris Manchester)
  • 2008 Peter Clarke (St Cross) & Hannah GC
  • 2009 Daniel Rosen (Worcester) & Jenny Rossdale
  • 2010 Nick Haydon (University) & Ashley Massey
  • 2011 John-Henry Carter (Kellogg) & Beth O'Brien
  • 2012 John-Henry Carter (Kellogg) & Rona Mitchell
  • 2013 John-Henry Carter (Kellogg) & Katie Sage
  • 2014 Jacob Taylor (Keble) & Tatiana Cutts
  • 2015 George Messum (St Anne's), Carly Bliss (St. Edmund Hall) & Tess Braunerova (Keble)
  • 2016 Fergus Taylor (St Catherine's) & Catherine Wilcock (Wadham)
  • 2017 Conor Kearns (Jesus) & Sophie Behan (St. Edmund Hall)
  • 2018 Dominic Waldouck (Kellogg) & Abby D'Cruz (Keble)
  • 2019 Edward David (St. Hilda's) & Hazel Ellender (Pembroke)

Current Squad[edit]

Men's 1st XV 2018-2019[16]
Player Position College Player Position College
Ben Parker Prop Brasenose Dylan McGagh Scrum-Half Magdalen
Joe Morris Prop St Edmund Hall George Tressider Scrum-Half Harris Manchester
Barnaby Vaughan Prop Corpus Christi Jack Dalton Scrum-Half Keble
Connor Hennessy Prop St Catherine's Tom Humberstone Fly-Half Hertford
Abhijeet Oswal Prop St Edmund Hall Louis Jackson Fly-Half Oriel
Louis Wright Prop Trinity Dominic Waldouck (C) Centre Kellogg
John Aaron Henry Hooker Somerville Conor Kearns Centre Jesus
Josh Navarajasegaran Hooker Merton Dan Barley Centre St Edmund Hall
Jasper Dix Lock Oriel Daniel Stoller Centre Queen's
George Robson Lock Keble Henry Hackett Centre Christ Church
George Warr Lock New Tom Stileman Wing St Peter's
Will Garson Lock Lady Margaret Hall Edward David Wing St Hilda's
Eddie Gillow Lock St Edmund Hall Dan Barley Wing St Edmund Hall
Charlie Pozniak Back Row St Benet's Hall Henry Martin Wing St Benet's Hall
Sam Miller Back Row St Edmund Hall Rob Quinlan Wing Jesus
Sven Kerneis Back Row St Peter's Tobi Clarke Wing Merton
Sam Ridgway Back Row St Antony's Ben Ransom Fullback St Catherine's
Euan Friend Back Row University Louis Pincott Fullback Queen's
Ryan Jones Back Row St Edmund Hall James Dempsey Fullback Corpus Christi
George Robson (Keble) in attack for Oyonnax
Women's 1st XV 2018-2019[17]
Player Position College Player Position College
Hazel Ellender Prop Pembroke Georgia Ling Scrum-Half St John's
Gwen Cartwright Prop New Fiona Kennedy Fly-Half St Hilda's
Sydney Sopher Prop Jesus Abby D'Cruz (C) Centre Keble
Joanna Male Prop St Edmund Hall Megan Wellens Centre Christ Church
Jessica Fatoye Prop Corpus Christi Megan Carter Centre Lincoln
Jessica Woods Prop Worcester Sophie Trott (VC) Centre Wadham
Anna Bidgood (VC) Hooker University Laura Simpson Centre St Edmund Hall
Susannah Rees Hooker Keble Helen Potts Wing New
Rosamund Lawrence Hooker St Anne's Harriet Wiggington Wing Brasenose
Shekinah Opara Lock Keble Zoe Nunn Wing St Peter's
Katie Collis Lock Lincoln Charly Eaton-Hart Wing St Anne's
Desiree Vodounon Lock Hertford Madeleine Hindson Wing Keble
Francesca Roxburgh Lock St Anne's Lucy Fenwick Wing Exeter
Meryem Arik Lock Somerville Nina Jenkins Wing Keble
Lucy Miles Lock Keble Connie Hurton Fullback Pembroke
Zoe Durbin Back Row Lady Margaret Hall Síle Johnson Fullback St Hugh's
Maria Bernier Back Row Regent's Park
Honor Murison Back Row Worcester
Hannah Cooper Back Row Worcester
Millie Cohen Back Row Jesus
Joss Barker Back Row Exeter

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hats off to the Wallabies". BBC Sport. 5 November 2001.
  2. ^ "Men's Rugby Union". Oxford University Sport. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Women's Rugby Union". Oxford University Sport. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Oxford University RFC | About". www.ourfc.org. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Oxford University RFC | Stanleys Match". www.ourfc.org. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  6. ^ www.ourfc.org http://www.ourfc.org/NewsItem.aspx?ID=4251. Retrieved 28 March 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "The Varsity Match", Wikipedia, 18 January 2019, retrieved 28 March 2019
  8. ^ "International Women's Day 2019". Oxford University Sport. 8 March 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Oxford University RFC | About". www.ourfc.org. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  10. ^ "BUCScore - Oxford University Womens 1st Rugby Union Team". BUCS. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Oxford University RFC | News". www.ourfc.org. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Oxford University RFC | Internationals". www.ourfc.org. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  13. ^ Godwin, Terry; John M. Jenkins (1987). Complete Who's Who of International Rugby. Poole: Blandford Press. pp. 127–128. ISBN 0-7137-1838-2.
  14. ^ "Oxford University RFC | Captains". www.ourfc.org. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Oxford University RFC | Womens Captains". www.ourfc.org. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  16. ^ www.ourfc.org http://www.ourfc.org/Team.aspx?T=1. Retrieved 28 March 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ www.ourfc.org http://www.ourfc.org/Team.aspx?T=3. Retrieved 28 March 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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