Kellogg students playing in the annual Major Stanley’s Match15 November 2017
Kellogg student Dominic Waldouck (MSc Sustainable Urban Development) will get his chance to bid for an Oxford blue at Twickenham next month when he makes his debut for the students against the Major Stanley’s XV at Iffley Road on Wednesday 15th November.
It will be thirteen years to the day that the 30-year-old made his London Wasps debut against Oxford University at the same venue in November, 2004. With only three games to go before the 136th match with Cambridge at Twickenham on Thursday 7th December, Dom is hoping to make a favourable impression.
A Premiership and Heineken Cup winner with the London Wasps, Waldouck signed a contract with Newcastle Falcons that allows him to study at the University of Oxford and play for 12 weeks with the Dark Blues up to the Varsity Match.
Dom’s research proposal is around social capital in diverse populations. He told us, “I was desperate to remain part of the Newcastle Falcons group because it’s such an exciting squad which is moving in the right direction. But playing rugby alongside my studies at Oxford was the perfect situation for me.”
“First and foremost I’m at Oxford to study, but if things work out I’ll hopefully be playing in the Varsity Match. To play against Cambridge at Twickenham would be another great experience to embrace as a rugby player.
“I’ve always loved to challenge myself and I’ve been lucky in my career that I’ve always had the chance to do a wide variety of different things. I’ve played in American club rugby, played in London and the North East.”
He came off the bench to help Wasps beat Leicester Tigers in the 2007 Heineken Cup final at Twickenham and was an England tourist in New Zealand in 2008. He played for the England Saxons in 2009.
The game against the Major Stanley XV is traditionally the final test for the Oxford side before they compete against Cambridge at Twickenham. The fixture dates back to 19 November, 1919, and the invitation side is named after the OURFC’s former representative on the RFU, Robert Stanley.
Another of our students is also chasing a Blue, former Newcastle Falcons and England Saxons flanker Andy Saull (MSc Sustainable Urban Development).
We wish them luck at the Major Stanley’s XV match!