This year, as well as the usual fun that comes with a day out at the rugby, we’re also celebrating 30 years since the Women’s team joined the Varsity Games! With that comes an array of exciting things to look forward to.
The thrills begin at 11:30 with the celebrated Cambridge Women’s team kicking off against the Oxford Blues, before the Men's game begins at 15:00.
The Varsity Gathering ticket not only gives you spectacular views of the games in Top Class seats, but also grants you access to the Varsity Gathering. This year’s Varsity Gathering will take place in the illustrious Rose Room. This is based in the South of the arena, surround by various food outlets and a private cash bar within. In addition to this being a fantastic opportunity to catch up with old friends and network, this year the gathering will also have two speakers delivering a short talk between the Women’s and the Men’s games; Eddie Butler and Simon Halliday.
Eddie Butler played for Cambridge at number eight from 1976 to 1978, and captained the famous Pontypool team of the 1980s. He played 16 times for Wales and was captain in 6 of those matches. Eddie played in the 1983 British Lions tour of New Zealand, and was a Barbarian.
Eddie is well recognized as a BBC sports commentator, as well as being a journalist for the Observer and for the Guardian
Simon Halliday played for Oxford University from 1979 till 1981, winning one and losing two Varsity matches. He went on to play for Bath Rugby Club 170 times including 5 successive Cup Finals, before moving to Harlequins in 1990, before retiring in 1992 due to long-term injuries. Simon played in the centre for England alongside Will Carling, before being replaced by Jeremy Guscott. Simon is now the Chairman of European Professional Club Rugby, whose decisions impact on the lives of rugby players across Europe.
Following the Men’s game, the gathering will continue with live musical entertainment.
After leaving 2017’s Varsity Match victorious in both the Cambridge Men’s and Cambridge Women’s teams, we’re very excited to be part of what promises to be another fantastic event.
Registration for this event has now closed.