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Roff to bring down career curtain on Twickenham stage

30 November 2007

Aussie legend Joe Roff will end his glittering career when he captains Oxford against Cambridge in next week's Lehman Brothers Varsity Match.

Roff, capped 86 times for Australia including the 1999 Rugby World Cup final, will win his second Blue on Thursday December 6 (4pm).

And ahead of the 126th Varsity Match he tells the Gillette Rugby Podcast: "Last year's Varsity was a very special highlight in my career despite the fact that we lost. It's going to be my last game and I can't think of a better way to finish. My wife has told me to stop embarrassing myself and hang up my boots and to be able to finish on the Twickenham stage is a good way to go out."

Former England Sevens skipper and London Wasps scrum-half Simon Amor is embracing a new role as an ambassador for UK Sport 100% ME programme and he also features on this week's podcast.

"The 100% ME is an education programme to show that it's what's inside the body that counts," said Amor. "We are looking to educate players and give them the advice and tuition so that they have the right information and the right people to come to for any anti-doping issues. 

"I felt hugely honoured to be asked to be a 100% ME ambassador - Jonny Wilkinson was the first - and to be asked to help out in something I feel is very important to rugby and sport in general is fantastic. Hopefully with the success I have had in Sevens and in professional rugby in general I can show that great things can be achieved without using doping substances or methods."

Amor has also taken on a coaching role with the England Women's sevens team and added:  "I am hugely passionate about Sevens and even more so about England. There is a huge amount of potential there and some great talent and I am very excited to be working with some very enthusiastic girls who will be extremely successful come 2009."

This weekend sees Round 3 of the EDF Energy National Trophy and coach Mark Beavis told the Gillette Podcast : "It's a fantastic opportunity for the club and Devon rugby. It's the first time a Level 7 side has got this far and for Blackheath, the oldest open rugby club in the world to come down is fantastic and there will be a real carnival atmosphere at Queens Park. We are looking at possibly 1500 to 2,000 people down there."

You can hear the full interviews with Joe Roff, Simon Amor and Paignton coach Mark Beavis now by listening to the official Gillette Rugby Podcast at  You can listen to the weekly podcast here every Friday from 12pm or subscribe to itunes and have it delivered straight to you inbox each week.

Launched a year ago, the weekly Gillette Rugby Podcast takes a topical look at the world of rugby, addressing issues from the elite game right through to the grass roots.