Roff to skipper Oxford Uni
November 26, 2007
Wallabies great Joe Roff will lead Oxford in the 126th Lehman Brothers Varsity match at Twickenham on December 6.
Roff played in three World Cups, including the 1999 tournament when Australia lifted the Webb Ellis trophy, and won 86 caps.
The 32-year-old is named at inside centre with Oxford hoping to avoid a third successive defeat in the fixture.
Former Wasps and Harlequins prop Jon Dawson is included in the Cambridge team which is captained by scrum-half Ross Blake.
Speaking at today's launch, Rob Andrew, the RFU's Director of Elite Rugby, and a former Cambridge Blue himself, remembered the pride and honour of being selected for the traditional varsity fixture.
He said, "It is a fixture I remember very fondly. When you are at university selection for the Varsity match means everything to you.
"Having been fortunate enough to go on and play international rugby, selection for the Varsity match really is like international selection. It is extremely special when the captain tells you you have made the squad."
This year be will be the first time the match has been staged on a Thursday and has a later kick-off time of 4pm.
Research conducted among supporters persuaded organisers to move the contest from its traditional Tuesday slot.
Cambridge: H Murray; A Stevenson, C Lewis, S Reid, J Wellwood; R Broadfoot, R Blake (capt); A Fitzpatrick, J Clark, J Dawson, T Boynton, J Blaikie, R
Oxford: C Mahony; J Boto, E Sadden, J Roff (capt), T Tombleson; C McMahon, B McKerchar; R Allhusen, D Rosen, R Lutton, J Chance, D Alexander, P Wright, S
Replacements: W Cowie, K Davis, R Mathews, B Payne, T Henry, P Clarke, T Gregory.
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