The Varsity Match has changed since the advent of professionalism in 1995, but it remains a vibrant, competitive and highly attractive fixture in the rugby calendar. Last year’s attendance of more than 26,000 was the biggest ‘club’ gate that week across Europe, even taking into account it was a Heineken Cup weekend.
This year’s match will be the 133rd in a fixture that dates back to 1872. Oxford University are seeking to make it a record breaking five wins in a row over their arch-rivals. It promises to be a great day of rugby celebration, heightened by the 100th anniversary commemoration of the 55 Fallen Blues.