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Bedford School dominate Cambridge Varsity Match squad

10 December 2013

  • Briggs to lead Light Blues
  • Cherezov called on to Cambridge bench

Bedford School will have four former pupils in the Cambridge University squad for the Varsity Match against Oxford at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday, December 12 (2pm).

Prop Will Briggs will captain Cambridge against an Oxford side seeking their fourth straight win in the Varsity Match and he will have number eight Sam Farmer behind him in the pack.

Farmer will be winning his first Blue along with another Old Bedfordian, Harry Peck, the Cambridge scrum half.

Peck will be emulating his father Ian, who won cricket and rugby Blues at Cambridge and went on to play senior rugby for Bedford.

The fourth Old Bedfordian in the Cambridge squad for Thursday is wing Ilia Cherezov, already a Blue, who has been called into the squad as a replacement following the withdrawal of Deb Tullie through injury.

Briggs, who is reading medicine at Magdelene College, was part of Bedford School’s Daily Mail Under 15 Cup-winning side in 2003.

Farmer, who left Bedford School in 2010, had two years as a full-time rugby player with Northampton Saints and is now reading English at Wolfson College.

Peck is studying for a PGCE at Homerton College having graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Fine Art.  His father played county cricket for Northamptonshire alongside Robin Boyd-Moss whose son James has been named as one of Cambridge’s replacements on Thursday.

Cherezov is studying Chemical Engineering at St John’s College.

Oxford’s side includes two players with Midlands connections in scrum half Sam Egerton and lock Will Rowlands.

Egerton, who has played for Newport in National Three Midlands, starred in last year’s Varsity Match win. He is studying Law at Keble College.

Rowlands, Oxford’s secretary this year, is a former pupil of Rugby School and he is reading Economics and Management at Pembroke College.