The Varsity Gathering

Varsity-Gathering

Enjoy the outstanding entertainment of The Varsity Gathering in the Rose Suite  in the South Stand at Twickenham.

With spectacular views of the action on the pitch from top class seats and the great networking opportunities from meeting up with friends and alumni from Oxford and Cambridge Universities, this is THE place to be at the Varsity Match.

The Rose Suite is open for The Varsity Gathering from 10:30 till 18:30, with the following activities:

  • 30th Anniversary of the Women’s Varsity Match celebration moment with former female Oxford and Cambridge players, with free pastries and Prosecco in the morning
  • Pay bar open all day
  • Speeches from former Home Nations internationals, British and Irish Lions Varsity Match players, Simon Halliday (Oxford) and Damian Hopley (Cambridge)
  • Jazz band playing from 16:45

Price: £45 per person including Category 1 match ticket and
access to The Varsity Gathering

2018 Speakers

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Simon Halliday

Simon 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.

Damian Hopley

Damian was nicknamed the “vicar of rugby” in the Press, having studied theology at  Cambridge in the early 90s.  He went on to play for Wasps  and played 3 times for England. His position of choice was on the wing or in the  centre. He was forced to retire at only 27 due to injuries just months after the sport turned professional.

Damian is the founder and chief executive of the not-for-profit registered trade union Rugby Players Association (RPA), launched in August 1998, as the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby union players in England.