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Commemorating the 55 Blues
This year's rugby union Varsity Match at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday, 11 December will be used by both universities to pay tribute to the courage and sacrifice made by all players, but particularly those Blues who lost their lives in World War 1.
This year sees the 100th anniversary of the start of the 'Great War' and the 133rd meeting of the Varsity rivals is being used to commemorate the 27 Oxford and 28 Cambridge rugby Blues who lost their lives in the conflict.

Amongst the 55 are some of the very best players in the world of their era. 14 of which came from Scotland with 4 of those from Merchiston.

At Thursday's proceedings, Merchiston and The Merchistonian Club will be represented by the School Chaplain Rev Nick Blair and Captian of School Alexander Ogilvy. Prior to the game, both will take part in the laying of a wreath at the RFU war memorial with Nick playing a leading role in the proceedings.
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.

 

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