Hugo MacNeill and Rob Wainwright set for Spirit of Rugby Hospitality at The Varsity Match 2018

15 May 2018

The Varsity Match Company is pleased to confirm that former British and Irish Lions internationals Hugo MacNeill (Oxford Blue) and Rob Wainwright (Cambridge Blue) will form the speaker panel at this year’s Spirit of Rugby Hospitality at Twickenham.

You can enjoy the pair’s unique memories from their rugby playing days and the exclusive surroundings of Twickenham’s premier hospitality suite with friends and family or colleagues and clients.

Hugo studied economics at the University of Oxford, and played in three Varsity Matches, captaining the Oxford team in 1983.  He went on to play 37 times for Ireland, and played in all three Test matches on the Lions tour of New Zealand in 1983.

On leaving Oxford, Hugo worked initially for the Boston Consulting Group and later for Goldman Sachs. In 2000 he returned to Dublin where he continues to work for Goldman Sachs as a director of their investment branch in Ireland.

Rob read medicine at the University of Cambridge on an Army bursary, and while at Cambridge he got blues in Rugby and Boxing. He got his first cap for Scotland in 1992, and played in  37 times for his country in all back row positions.

He played in the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, went on to be Captain of Scotland and was a British Lion in 1997, playing in the final test of the victorious tour of South Africa. Rob left the Army in 1999, and now runs a farm on the island of Coll.

Packages for the Spirit of Rugby Hospitality include:

  • Spectacular views from your top class seats for The Women’s Varsity Match and The Men’s Varsity Match
  • 2-course lunch in between matches with half a bottle of wine per person, table service, pay bar and afternoon tea and coffee
  • An illustrious speaker panel of former international Varsity Match players featuring Oxford Blue, Ireland and British and Irish Lions international Hugo MacNeill and Cambridge Blue, Scotland and British and Irish Lions international Rob Wainwright
  • Access to the Varsity Gathering post-match until 7.00pm


Enjoy lunch with British and Irish Lions legends Hugo MacNeill and Rob Wainwright


Prices are from £250 per person with full tables of 10 people available from £2,000. For more information or to book please contact Jeremy Macklin on