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Teams announced for 2009 Nomura Varsity Match

03 December 2009

  • Oxford and Cambridge squads announced for the 2009 Nomura Varsity Match
  • Oxford captain Dan Rosen’s side will take on Cambridge captain Dan Vickerman’s side in the 128th match

The two teams that will do battle in the 2009 Nomura Varsity Match at Twickenham on December 10th were announced today at the offices of Nomura International Plc in Canary Wharf.

Oxford will be led by three time Blue and former Barbarian Dan Rosen who is in his eighth year at Oxford and is the first former undergraduate to captain Oxford since Rupert Vessey in 1988. The team that will represent the Dark Blues includes last year’s hat trick hero Tim Catling, John Carter, a former Premiership winner with Sale Sharks, Canadian international Stan McKeen and former Amateur Springbok captain Nicholas van Zyl.

“To be captain of Oxford is an amazing feeling,” said Rosen. “It is the pinnacle of my rugby career and I’m really excited and a little nervous. The rivalry between Cambridge and us is pretty big. The Varsity match itself is a great match and a big occasion.”

The Cambridge captain Dan Vickerman has the experience of 55 caps with Australia to call on as well as a talented team that includes American scrum half Doug Rowe, Ross Broadfoot, formerly of Leicester Tigers and London Irish, and former Ulster prop Niall Conlon.

“It’s been a good, new season for us,” said Vickerman. “We’ve embarked on a journey and we’ve had some good games in preparation. All in all we’ve come together well.  We’re enjoying it and we’re moving in the right direction.”

Kick off for the 128th Nomura Varsity Match is 2.00pm. Tickets start from £20.00 with discounts available for students, schools and groups. Tickets are available online through

Teams for the 2009 Nomura Varsity Match:

Oxford University

15. Christopher Mahony (Keble)
14. William Browne, (Balliol)
13. Alex Cheesman, (St Edmund Hall)
12. Julian Allfrey, (Green Templeton)
11. Timothy Catling, (Pembroke)
10. Ross Swanson, (New)
9. Nick Haydon, (University)

1. Richard Lutton, (Linacre)
2. Daniel Rosen, (Worcester)
3. Oliver Tomaszczyk, (Brasenose)
4. Ian Kench, (St Cross)
5. Nik Van Zyl, (Green Templeton)
6. John Carter, (Kellogg)
7. Stanley McKeen, (Harris Manchester)
8. Christopher Davies, (St Edmund Hall)


16. David Rogers, (St Cross)
17. William Johnson, (Pembroke)
18. Karl Outen, (St Edmund Hall)
19. Makoto Tosa, (Lady Margaret Hall)
20. Willem Klopper, (Green Templeton)
21. Rhodri James, (St Catherine’s)
22. Sean Morris, (Somerville)
23. Govind Oliver, (Green Templeton)

Cambridge University

15. James Richards, (Hughes Hall)
14. James Greenwood, (Hughes Hall)
13. Frederick John Alexander Shepherd, (St Edmunds)
12. Fred Burdon, (St John’s)
11. David Riley, (Hughes Hall)
10. Ross Broadfoot, (Hughes Hall)
9.   Doug Rowe, (Hughes Hall) 

1. Niall Conlon, (St Edmunds)
2. Patrick Barry Joseph Crossley, (Homerton)
3. Tom Harris, (Churchill)
4. William Jones, (St Edmunds)
5. Daniel Vickerman, (Hughes Hall)
6. Ed White, (Jesus)
7. Joey Wheeler, (St Edmunds)
8. Ben Maidment, (St Edmunds)


16. Jamie Stuart Davidson Gilbert, (St Edmunds)
17. Andrew Daniel, (St Edmunds)
18. Predee Anuvatnujotikul, (Girton)
19. Haden Henderson, (St Edmunds)
20. Jamie Hood, (Hughes Hall)
21. Sandy Reid, (St John’s)
22. William Balfour, (Queens’ )
23. Alexander Cheetham, (St John’s)