Oxford University Rugby Club have named Ed David as their men’s captain for 2019 as they begin to build towards the defence of their Varsity Match title later this year.
David, a 5th year medical student at St Hilda’s College, was elected captain by his fellow players at Iffley Road’s famous Pavilion, replacing last year’s winning captain and Newcastle Falcons’ centre Dom Waldouck.
Ed has won three Blues, winning in his debut Varsity Match in 2015, but very unfortunately missed out on last December’s Dark Blue victory as he dislocated his shoulder earlier in the term in the match against Canada.
In his first year at Oxford Ed started for the Whippets and scored a memorable 85 metre solo try in their Varsity victory at Iffley Road, before coming off the bench to score another try for the U21’s in their Varsity victory at Twickenham. Those performances caught the eye of the Blues coaching team and he subsequently made his debut for the senior XV against the Army at Aldershot in the Hilary term. In 2017 Ed was Men’s Team Secretary.
With his appointment as captain effective immediately, David will lead the reigning men’s Varsity Match champions into their first match of 2019 away to Bristol University on Wednesday 23rd January.
The Men’s Dark Blues will also commence their 150th Anniversary celebrations in September with a visit to Japan to take part in the World University Rugby Invitational Tournament (WURIT) in Tokyo.
The 2018 Varsity Matches saw Cambridge lift the Rhino Trophy in the 30th anniversary year of the Women’s Varsity Match with a 5-8 win. In the Men’s Varsity Match Oxford stopped Cambridge’s winning streak with a convincing 38-16 victory.
The Varsity Match 2019 has been confirmed for Thursday 12 December at Twickenham Stadium.
Fans wishing to attend this year’s women’s and men’s Varsity Matches can still get tickets at 2018’s early bird prices for a limited time only. Adult tickets are available from £20/£40, students from £15 and juniors from £10.