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OJ to make varsity debut at Twickenham

One of the School’s Old Johnians has been named in the team list for the University of Cambridge’s varsity rugby match against the University of Oxford at Twickenham this week.

Sophie Evans (South House, 2016) first made her university rugby debut in only her second week at Cambridge, when she played on the wing against the University of Bristol.

Sophie commented: “Since my debut for Cambridge I have been training five times a week which has included fitness and conditioning sessions as well as rugby practice. I've played against other universities such as Exeter and Oxford and have been involved with promo for the team, including a recent advert for Deliveroo and The Tab Cambridge.”

“I found out last week that I would be wearing the number 21 shirt at Twickenham Stadium and I still can't believe it; it's the home of England Rugby and I have watched several matches there before, so I feel honoured to have the opportunity to play at the famous venue. I'm really grateful for the School's support, especially Mrs Platt, who introduced me to rugby in the first place back in January when I started playing 7s for St John’s! We're hoping to improve on our 52-0 victory against Oxford last year so fingers crossed.”

Nick Platt, Acting Head of Rugby at St John’s, added: “We are delighted that Sophie has made the Cambridge University varsity squad for rugby. Having been a talented hockey player she took full advantage of the opportunity to play rugby in her final year and has gone from strength to strength. A quick and elusive runner she benefitted from some high quality and supportive coaching in the girls’ rugby sessions which saw her develop a real passion for the game and blossom into a most able player. We wish her every success on Thursday.”

The match will be televised on the BBC red button from 11:25 on Thursday 8 December and available to watch on iPlayer. Good luck Sophie!

Published on 07/12/2016

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