Spanish international centre Carlos Blanco will get a final chance to push for a place in the 138th Varsity Match when he teams up in the Oxford midfield with Nick Greenhalgh for the final fixture before the Twickenham showdown this weekend.
The Dark Blues end their preparations against a Richmond XV at Iffley Road on Saturday (kick-off 2.00pm) and will be looking to build on their 33-26 win over Trinity College, Dublin, and their 40-40 draw against the Major Stanley’s XV in their last two outings.
With injury concerns over a number of players, Oxford coach James Wade has decided not to take any risk and there are six changes in personnel behind the scrum from the last game and a complete change in the pack.
Cambridge brought their preparations for the big day to a close with a 34-19 win over the Steele-Bodger XV on Wednesday to ensure they will go into the Varsity Match on the back of a four match winning streak.
Oxford: Louis Pincott (Queen’s); Henry Martin * (St Benet’s Hall), Nick Greenhalgh (Keble), Carlos Blanco # (Green Templeton), Tobi Clarke (Merton); David Wilkinson (St Edmund Hall), Jack Dalton (Keble); Abhijeet Oswal (St Edmund Hall), Louis Wright (Trinity), Barnaby Vaughan (Corpus Christi), Charlie Pozniak * (St Benet’s Hall), Calum Haggett (Magdalen), Bertie Watson (St Edmund Hall), Tristan Louveaux (Regent’s Park), Sam Ridgway (St Antony’s)
Reps: Josh Navarajasegaran (Merton), Conor Hennessy * (St Catherine’s), Tom Auckland (New), Piers Von Dadelszen (St Edmund Hall), Will Thornton * (Somerville), Will Barker (Keble), Angus White (Oriel), Luke Butcher (Keble), Justin Dunn (Kellogg)