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Varsity win would crown the career of Oxford-man

07 December 2009

  • Rosen becomes first former undergrad to captain Oxford for 20 years
  • Skipper says Oxford are fully focussed on beating rivals

Former Barbarian Dan Rosen has described captaining Oxford in the 128th Varsity match as the pinnacle of his rugby career.

The three-time Blue started his rugby career at Hove Park school he has played for every Oxford University team - Blues, Greyhounds (2nd XV), Under 21s and Whippets (Under 21 2nd XV) and is the first Oxford former undergraduate captain since Rupert Vessey in 1988.

"To be captain of Oxford is an amazing feeling,” said Rosen. “I’ve worked my way up through the levels, which is fairly rare. It is the pinnacle of my rugby career I’m never going to play in anything better than this and it’s been a pleasure to be involved with Oxford.  I’ve had three Blues, which were all losses, and then last year I was on the bench when we won and now I’m captain.

"I’m really excited and a little bit nervous.  We can look at Cambridge and their results but it doesn’t mean anything - it is all about how you perform on the day.  
"The rivalry between us and Cambridge is pretty big. They hate us and everything we do is about beating them and making sure we are better than them.

"The Varsity match itself is a great match and a big occasion. There is a lot of history between the two universities and the two cities so I would urge everyone from Oxford to come along to Twickenham and support us and hopefully be a part of history."