Old Salopian John-Henry Carter (Rt 1994-1999) is Captain of the Oxford team, who take on Cambridge in the 130th Nomura Varsity Match at Twickenham this Thursday. Oxford are hoping for a repeat of last year's 21-10 victory, which would make it three wins in four years for the Dark Blues.
John's professional rugby career with the Sale Sharks, but it all came to an end when, as Duncan Kirkby put it, 'he ran out of shoulders for them to operate on', so he could no longer be covered by professional insurance. John wasn't able to play in last year's match, so this will be a momentous occasion for him. He was quoted on the BBC as saying 'We've got some eclectic players and we should be playing the kind of rugby people are going to want to watch."
John has kindly agreed to help with the newly-revived Old Salopian Rugby Club, who are planning some 7-a-side matches towards the end of the season.
Kick off for the Varsity Match is at 2pm on Thursday.