12 Dec 2019

James Horwill can’t wait to get home to Brisbane for Christmas after getting drenched on his Varsity Match debut at Twickenham as he helped Cambridge to beat Oxford 15-0.

The 34-year-old former Wallaby skipper was joined in the Light Blues second row by ex-Springbok second row Flip van der Merwe, but the two of them weren’t able to go out on the town to celebrate their success because they have an exam on Friday morning.

“This is proper university life. I’ve got an exam at 8.00am in Cambridge – Management Science,” explained Horwill.

“Flip and I were up last night studying at the team hotel. We had some boys who had an exam before the game and then came down. We can’t enjoy the festivities tonight, but we will catch up with them over the weekend I’m sure.

“It was really wet, but it was a good day. The calves were cramping a bit at the end, but the whole point of the day was to get a result, which we did.

“It wasn’t pretty at times, but we ground it out and found a way to win and that’s the important part of it. I’m chuffed for the guys that had been a part of this squad for a long time.

“They were the guys we wanted to play for – the ones who didn’t win last year and for who this was their last year. I am thrilled for those guys.

“I know how much it meant to them after the disappointment of last year and how much they wanted to right the wrongs. To be able to help them to do that was the most important part.

“I am going back to Australia for Christmas and put my feet up and see how I feel in January. We will see how things go for next year.”