Three Kellogg students selected to play in Varsity Match!
To have the opportunity to go out there and give it everything for these guys and the jersey on the 25th of March is a memory that will stay with me forever.
We are delighted to announce that three Kellogg students have been selected to play in the men’s 151st Varsity Match at Twickenham on 25 March.
Congratulations to Liam Furniss (MSt Literature and Arts), Harrison (Harry) Scoble (MSc Sustainable Urban Development) and Angus MacDonald (Master of Business Administration), who will represent Oxford against Cambridge in one of the world’s oldest sporting rivalries, the men’s Varsity Match.
On being selected (for the second year running), Liam told us ‘I think for me the most amazing thing about playing for the Blues is the history. This is one of the oldest rugby fixtures in the world and the whole season builds up to it in a way that is incredibly unique, it’s a massive privilege. I suppose this year, the privilege has been even greater though because we have all become so close. I am not sure if I have ever been involved in a team that is so tight with one another. It’s like going out and playing one of the biggest matches of my life with 23 of my absolute best friends.’
When asked what his selection means to him, Harry explained ‘Being selected to play for Oxford in the Varsity match is a massive honour. Knowing the people that have played in this jersey before me, and the history behind both the club and the University is incredible. Hoping I can do those in the team on the day, as well as the players before me, proud. I can’t wait to take the field on the 25th of March.’
Angus is also honoured to be playing for the Dark Blues, ‘I think for me the most amazing thing about playing for the Blues is the history. This is one of the oldest rugby fixtures in the world and the whole season builds up to it in a way that is incredibly unique. What makes it more special is the group of guys we have in the squad this year, it’s a huge honour to be able to play alongside them. To have the opportunity to go out there and give it everything for these guys and the jersey on the 25th of March is a memory that will stay with me forever’.
The Varsity Match, otherwise known as the Battle of the Blues, has become an iconic game between Oxford and Cambridge Universities, with the first men’s match being played in 1872. The women’s game was first played in 1988. Oxford’s men currently hold the cup, whilst last year’s women’s match ended in a draw.
We wish Liam, Harry, Angus and their teammates the best of luck for the 25th.
Tickets are still available if you want to cheer the teams on in-person.
Alternatively, you can watch both the men’s (kick off 3pm) and women’s (kick off 12pm) matches for free on ViaPlay Xtra (available on Sky TV channel 422 and Virgin TV channel 533). The fixtures will also be live streamed on social media on the following channels:
England Rugby Facebook and YouTube
Varsity Matches Facebook, YouTube and website
Oxford University Rugby Football Club Facebook