The Cambridge Men were victorious last year. Photo courtesy Varsity

In good hands: looking ahead to Varsity 2017

Charlie Amesbury — CURUFC Men’s Captain and Master’s student at Cambridge Judge Business School — offers an exclusive glimpse into the current state of the Cambridge Men’s team, ahead of the release of the Varsity squad list later this autumn

‘The CURUFC men kicked off the 2017 Michaelmas term with a preseason tour to South Africa. This involved a healthy mix of social culture and hard training which laid down a solid foundation from which to move forward into the season.

‘this squad […] is an exciting mix of victorious Blues from the 2016 campaign, hungry LXs graduates, and a sprinkle of stardust from our newcomers’

After a successful tour, the squad has been thrown straight into games, with Loughborough first up. Traditionally, this fixture proves to be a tough one for the Blues team, with a multi try loss being expected, but this year we turned it around. An extremely physical and competitive encounter saw the Blues go down to a last-minute try which brought the visitors level with the touchline conversion slotting the extras to hand Loughborough students the victory at the death.

In terms of the future of this squad, it is an exciting mix of victorious Blues from the 2016 campaign, hungry LXs graduates, and a sprinkle of stardust from our newcomers. Of note is Bristol, Bath and Western Province backrower Nick Koster (Queens’), who brings a wealth of professional experience and destructive running to the team.

Johnians traditionally make up a larger proportion of the Blues squad, but the two we do have will make no less of an impact this season. George Griffiths (2014) — unlucky not to get off the bench at the 2016 Varsity nail-biter — is back now, having put on some size and played some good rugby over the summer. He will be pushing hard for a centre berth, bringing his blend of hard running lines and good hands. Also in the squad is William Dean (2015), who put his body on the line for CURUFC in last year’s campaign, regularly coming off the bench but deemed unfit to take part in the Varsity match. This year he has come back in great shape having shaken off his injury worries, and will be looking to progress into regularly being the cornerstone for our pack in the front row.’

Tickets for a Johnian gathering at Varsity 2017 are now available and can be booked online here. This includes a top-price match ticket, pre-lunch drinks and a sandwich lunch with wine. Join fellow Johnians for a day of epic rugby and great entertainment!