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Your News Historic rivalry to provide another good encounter at Twickenham

The countdown to the 2010 Nomura Varsity Match at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday, December 9 has begun.

With Oxford determined to avenge last years defeat at the hands of arch rivals Cambridge, the two universities have begun their build-up to the day that matters more than any other in their calendar. Cambridge currently lead Oxford by 61 wins to 53 with 14 matches drawn.

The annual Varsity Match, sponsored for the third consecutive year by Nomura, the global investment bank, is always fiercely competitive and was widely acclaimed last year for providing one of the best games of the season.

Cambridge, who were led to victory last year by Australian international lock Dan Vickerman, are captained this year by former professional James Richards, a South African who is in the third year of an economics degree at Hughes Hall.

Having already experienced the unique atmosphere of the Varsity Match, Richards understands the importance of the occasion, saying: Cambridge rugby is all about 30 students pulling together for one reason - to beat Oxford at Twickenham and this season is no different. Heavy focus has been put on building a strong squad of students who play for each other, both on and off the field, and understand the privilege and honour of wearing the light blue.

Rugby is all about the joy and we have tried to put this into our game by playing an exciting brand of running rugby where we look to shift the ball and express ourselves rather than kick defensively. Constant improvement each game is what we are looking for and even though we narrowly lost to Northampton Saints 22-10 the boys played some outstanding rugby, showed great character and are still hungry to improve. We are looking forward to the upcoming challenges that lie ahead of us and relishing the opportunity to play at Twickenham."

Oxford, under a new coach in Murray Henderson, will be led by 27-year-old doctor Nick Haydon, who hails from Sydney, Australia and is currently studying for an MSc in diagnostic imaging. A member of last years Oxford team he is keen to put the memory of that painful defeat behind him.

The buzz around the club is slowly intensifying as December 9th draws closer, said Haydon. Everyone involved with OURFC is hugely excited and anticipation is high for that first whistle. The whole squad has invested a great deal of time and effort into preparations for this year, traveling to Wales for an overnight team bonding exercise and Russia for a pre-season tour.

The fixtures so far have been tough and the team has worked hard to develop on all points of their game. The fitness training has also been tough and, at times downright miserable, but the boys have pulled through marvellously. Come kick-off at Twickenham in December this squad will be in the best condition of any OURFC team in history and will be determined to bring home the trophy.

Tarun Jotwani, Chief Executive Officer of Nomura, EMEA, added: The Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge is one of the classic fixtures in the UKs sporting calendar. We are delighted to be continuing our exclusive sponsorship of this traditional clash between these two great universities.

Tickets for the 2010 Nomura Varsity Match at Twickenham start from 20.00 (10.00 for students with a valid NUS card) and can be obtained by calling Ticketmaster on 0844 847 2492.

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