Rugby League Varsity Match headline partner Pcubed yesterday (11 February) hosted a reception for players and old boys of Oxford and Cambridge University Rugby League Football clubs.
With three weeks until the two universities meet on 4 March, Oxford Captain James Clark and Cambridge President John Cormie were joined by senior players from both universities, and welcomed old boys, sponsors and their guests, supporters, and press.
The reception provided a chance to discuss the clubs’ respective seasons, and preparations for the 36th Battle of the Blues which is taking place at the Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of the City of London. Competition for places is expected to be tight in both clubs, and the Captains face a difficult few weeks as they narrow their squads down to select the final 17 players who will take to the field.
Clark, a final year engineering student at Brasenose College, said “we come into this year’s Varsity Match after a strong season in our league competition, and are determined to extend our unbeaten run by claiming another victory in 2016. Preparations are going well so far, but we need to make sure we keep up the hard work in the coming weeks.”
Cormie, a third year law student from Hugh’s Hall spoke on behalf of Cambridge Captain, medic Craig Winfield who couldn’t attend due to a medical emergency, discussed the Cambridge season so far, saying “we have lost just once in the league, and competition for places is as strong as ever. Oxford have been dominant in the Pcubed Rugby League Varsity Match in recent years, but we are confident that we can turn things around this year to defeat the dark blues.”
The evening was hosted by Pcubed UK’s General Manager, Richard Siddle. He welcomed both clubs and guests and explained the history of Pcubed’s involvement in the Rugby League Varsity Match, which now stands at 18 years. He explained “The Pcubed Rugby League Varsity Match is always a great day and we are looking forward to another incredibly passionate encounter between these two old rivals. The longevity of our involvement is almost half the lifetime of the competition and we believe is the longest current-serving sponsorship deal in the world. I wish both clubs well and may the best team win.”