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Phil Shepka

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  1. FT: Oxford 12-6 Cambridge

    Oxford celebrate

    So congratulations to the Dark Blues of Oxford on winning their sixth consecutive Varsity. I'm sure they will be partying like only students know how to tonight. Watch out the traffic cones of London!

    But Cambridge, whose star man Jamie Roberts came off injured at half-time, will have to lick their wounds after running their opponents so close in the 134th Varsity match.

    To relive the match, head over toBrendon Mitchell's report,but from me, it's goodbye!

  2. FT: Oxford 12-6 Cambridge

    Jamie Roberts
    Quote Message: It's only a dead leg but it got worse and worse as the first half went on. I couldn't run after half-time so I had to come off. Congratulations to Oxford. The guys chucked everything into it and we can't ask for anything more from the guys. It's an amazing day, the pinnacle of student sport and for these boys it's their cup final. A few of the guys are in tears and it's very difficult. from Jamie Roberts Wales and Cambridge centre on BBC Two
    Jamie RobertsWales and Cambridge centre on BBC Two
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    FT: Oxford 12-6 Cambridge

  4. FT: Oxford 12-6 Cambridge

    Quote Message: It's absolutely incredible. The guys have put so much into this over the last three months. Oxford made it really, really hard. We're very pleased. I imagine the celebrations will be pretty emphatic but the guys have deserved it. from Tom Stileman Oxford winger on BBC Two
    Tom StilemanOxford winger on BBC Two
  5. FT: Oxford 12-6 Cambridge

    Oxford lift the trophy and their customary tankards aloft. It looks like it means so much for them in what is probably the pinnacle of many of these players' careers.

  6. FT: Oxford 12-6 Cambridge

    Andy Abbott

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Quote Message: Cambridge's front eight were ginormous this afternoon, but their back line didn't have quite the nous or the penetrative skills that were needed to get through the Oxford defence.
  7. FT: Oxford 12-6 Cambridge

    Tom Finch

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Quote Message: Oxford were able to ramp it up when it really mattered most and win the key turnovers. This was a great performance from number one through 15 for Oxford.
  8. FT: Oxford 12-6 Cambridge

    A great gesture from the Cambridge side - including the injured figure of Jamie Roberts - as they give their opponents a guard of honour.

  9. FT: Oxford 12-6 Cambridge

    Oxford celebration

    It's a record-breaking day for the Dark Blues as they win for the sixth successive time - the first time that has been achieved in the Varsity's history.

    Meanwhile, it's the first time in 14 years there hasn't been a try in the match, but let's be honest, it was still a cracking game of rugby!

  10. FT: Oxford 12-6 Cambridge

    Brian Moore

    Ex-England hooker on BBC Two

    Quote Message: Cambridge couldn't make the most of a first 25 minutes in which they were quite dominant. Oxford stayed in the game and as it progressed they looked the more likely to score a try. I think they just had a bit more nous.
  11. Full-time

    Oxford 12-6 Cambridge

    Cambridge get close to the line through James Kilroe, but the Oxford pack are so strong and turn the ball over, kick it out of play and the referee blows for full-time.

    What an incredibly intense game. 

  12. Oxford 12-6 Cambridge

    Cambridge have a scrum in the Oxford half, surely this is the last chance?

  13. Penalty (Cullen)

    Oxford 12-6 Cambridge

    Varsity kick

    That could well be that for Oxford as George Cullen nails another penalty after Cambridge lock Ian Nagle is offside.

    Meanwhile Tom Stileman has been named man of the match for his performance on the Oxford wing.

  14. Sin-bin (Davies)

    Oxford 9-6 Cambridge


    Cambridge are down to 14 men for the rest of the game as full-back Simon Davies crashes into Henry de Berker when the Oxford scrum-half was in mid-air. 

    Easy decision for Greg Garner to make and Davies looks absolutely gutted.

  15. Oxford 9-6 Cambridge

    Cambridge are giving it everything and get close to the Oxford line but James Kilroe loses the ball and Ed David breaks clear.

    However, the replacement can't get on the end of his own kick past the Cambridge defence and the Light Blues clear the danger.

  16. Oxford 9-6 Cambridge

    Andy Abbott

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Quote Message: I think there are one or two mistakes creeping in from Cambridge. Now they've got to really put themselves on the line and find that one bit of extra energy and power to at least get back on level terms.
  17. Penalty (Cullen)

    Oxford 9-6 Cambridge

    Curran absolutely nails the kick and has his side in front again. Can Cambridge find their way back into this or will Oxford win it for a record-breaking sixth straight time?

  18. Oxford 6-6 Cambridge

    Tom Stileman has looked quite a player today, and he ghosts past the Cambridge defence like nobody is there and after offloading to a support player, George Cullen has the chance to put his side ahead with a penalty.

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    Oxford 6-6 Cambridge

  20. Oxford 6-6 Cambridge

    Both sides make a change as Oxford prop Lewis Anderson comes off for Kieran Ball while Cambridge second-row Rob Hall is replaced by Lola Erogbogbo.

  21. Oxford 6-6 Cambridge

    Tom Finch

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Quote Message: Oxford had to go for three there, there was no option. They've let too much of the clock run down.
  22. Penalty (Cullen)

    Oxford 6-6 Cambridge


    It's a fairly straightforward kick for Cullen and the sides are level once more.

    You would be hard-pushed to pick a winner at the moment.

  23. Oxford 3-6 Cambridge

    Oxford have the chance to level here as Cambridge lock Ian Nagle is penalised in a tackle.

    It's a long wait for George Cullen though, as we have a number of players down receiving treatment for injuries.

  24. Oxford 3-6 Cambridge

    What this game has lack in points has made up for intensity and endeavour.

    How much this match means is probably best summed up by Oxford hooker Richard Halpin, the law and finance student who made his way down to London after sitting an exam this morning. Wonder if he could concentrate on that?

  25. Oxford 3-6 Cambridge

    Andrew Cotter

    BBC Two

    Quote Message: It was such a good passage of play for Oxford and the ball eventually went wide - but still we're without a try in this match.
  26. Oxford 3-6 Cambridge

    But as has proved the case so far today, Cambridge win the ball back from the Oxford line-out after the Dark Blues give away a scrum.

    They celebrate almost as if they've scored a try themselves.

  27. Oxford 3-6 Cambridge

    You have to feel for Geiger there. His chance came off the back of some fantastic work by the Oxford forwards and he might regret missing the chance to get his name score at Twickenham.

    The Dark Blues keep up the pressure by kicking to the corner for a line-out around five metres from the tryline.

  28. Oxford 3-6 Cambridge

    Oxford drop

    OH MY GOODNESS! What a chance for Oxford!

    Oxford full-back Matt Geiger, so imperious so far, has the chance of glory but he spills the pass when he had a free two metres to get to the line after the Dark Blue line-out works for a change.

  29. Oxford 3-6 Cambridge

    This could be a crucial decision. Oxford are given a potentially kickable chance to bring the game level after Oliver Clough is penalised, but decide to go for a line-out in the corner.

  30. Penalty (Stevens)

    Oxford 3-6 Cambridge

    Don Stevens

    Cambridge captain Don Stevens, a man who ruptured his knee ligaments in this match last year puts his side in front with an incredibly difficult looking penalty after an infringement at the line-out.

  31. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Andy Abbott

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Quote Message: When Cambridge get the ball and steal it, they've got to use it. Twice now they've done well to steal the ball and then not done anything with it.
  32. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Off the back of the line-out, Cambridge play from right to left brilliantly but George Williams' pass finds it's way into Dark Blue hands, but Oxford can only clear as far as the 22.

  33. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Simon Davies

    After their first real period of pressure in the second period, Cambridge full-back Simon Davies finds himself with space on the right, but his dash to the line is stopped when Tom Stileman hauls him out of play.

  34. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Brian Moore

    Ex-England hooker on BBC Two

    Quote Message: Unlike the first half, Oxford are getting over the gain line - and getting over the gain line regularly. The amount of tackling Cambridge are having to do must be taking a toll physically.
  35. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Cambridge win a penalty off the scrum, and the relief on the face of captain Don Stevens is clear.

    As cliched as it sounds, his reaction defines how much this means to both sides.

  36. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    The ball has barely gone dead in this match so far, but we finally have a scrum after Cambridge replacement George Williams kicks the ball out of play on the full.

    The Light Blues are taking a battering so far this half and surely it is only a matter of time before Oxford get the try their second-half start deserves.

  37. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Cambridge have barely seen the ball this half. Oxford have been completely dominant but the Light Blues are holding their own without talisman Jamie Roberts.

    Could his injury prove the difference against a side that won by a record score last year?

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    Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

  39. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Henry de Berker

    The middle of the park is so tight in this match that neither side can take advantage when they break through.

    Oxford scrum-half Henry de Berker breaks through but once more cannot find a gap in the Cambridge defence.

  40. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Tom Finch

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Quote Message: It's clear that this Cambridge line-out may be the difference between victory and defeat.
  41. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Andrew Cotter

    BBC Two

    Jamie Roberts
    Quote Message: There he is, that big right thigh being iced. He'll be furious - there was so much attention on him he'd have wanted to have done all he could for Cambridge.
  42. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Oxford's line-out has been pretty dire throughout the match so far, and once more they give it away when deep inside the Cambridge half.

    Will we find a breakthrough?

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    Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

  44. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Huge blow for Cambridge at half-time though, as Jamie Roberts is taken off for a reported dead leg, and replaced by Mike Phillips.

    No, it's not that Mike Phillips. It's a 19-year-old second-year medicine student.

  45. Kick-off

    Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Oxford get us back under way as they have a half to become the first team to win six consecutive Varsity matches.

  46. HT: Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Andy Abbott

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Quote Message: When Cambridge have had the ball and they've used it, they pushed Oxford back. Oxford have come back late on in that first half, but the Cambridge defence have held really well.
  47. HT: Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    John Inverdale

    BBC Two

    Quote Message: The last big occasion here was the World Cup final, and there's nobody in the world that kicks the ball more than New Zealand - but we've barely seen a ball kicked in play during the last 40 minutes.
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    HT: Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

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  49. HT: Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Brian Moore

    Ex-England hooker on BBC Two

    Quote Message: Neither team have been able to make the most of the opportunities they've had. People are putting their bodies on the line and are committed, but aren't yet thinking their way through the game.
  50. HT: Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    We may not have had many clear try-scoring chances, but the intensity of the match has been everything you'd expect from a game with this much history behind it.

    Cambridge and Wales star Jamie Roberts has had a rather interesting match so far, accidentally causing an injury to Dark Blues captain Henry Lamont, but has struggled to get hold of the ball much.

  51. Half-time

    Oxford 3-3 Cambridge


    In the midst of all of that, Cambridge winger Ilia Cherezov looks like his dislocated his shoulder, and replaced by George Williams.

    That's the last action of note in an enthralling first-half, despite the lack of many scores.

  52. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Oxford back Tom Stileman, who has looked mightily impressive so far, breaks through the Cambridge defence and offloads to George Cullen and recieves the ball back but can't get past the last defender.

  53. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Simon Davies

    It must be said right now, I hope without any hint of condescension, that some of the play in this game so far wouldn't look out of place in a professional match.

    Both sides are putting everything they have into every single tackle.

  54. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Tom Finch

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Quote Message: I wouldn't say that's an opportunity squandered for Oxford, I'd say that's just fantastic play by Cambridge there.
  55. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Andrew Cotter

    BBC Two

    Quote Message: Matt Geiger has looked very, very lively at full-back. But Cambridge captain Don Stevens showed his defensive capabilities to prevent Oxford going over.
  56. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Oxford come so, so close to getting the first try of the game, when after umpteen phases, Dark Blues full-back Matt Geiger steps his defender, but Don Stevens stops him just short of the line.

    The ball is played back to Matthew Grant, but he is put out of play for a Cambridge line-out.

    And everybody breathes after that lengthy spell of possession.

  57. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    33 mins

    Oxford threaten the line seriously for the first time as number nine Henry de Barker breaks through the line but held up 10 metres short.

  58. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    A mistake from Jamie Roberts as his pass to centre partner Oliver Clough is way too hard and knocked on by the bioscience enterprise student for an Oxford scrum.

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    Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

  60. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Brian Moore

    Ex-England hooker on BBC Two

    James Kilroe
    Quote Message: Cambridge are winning most of the physical battles here. While Oxford are looking organised in possession, Cambridge simply have a bigger physical presence in and around the ruck.
  61. Missed penalty (Cullen)

    Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    George Cullen - a man who was rejected entry to Cambridge - has the chance to put Oxford back in front from the tee with a kick from about 40 metres.

    But it bends away from the posts at the last second. It was a very difficult kick to be fair.

  62. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Oxford win the ball back and have their first period of possession in the opposition half, but Don Stevens, who has been substituted with injury in his last two Varsity matches, clears a kick through.

  63. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    On the showing of this match so far, things won't be as easy for Oxford as it was last year, when they won 43-6 - a record-winning margin in 133 Varsity matches.

    The Dark Blues, though, have a line-out deep in Cambridge's half but it's overthrown and lost.

  64. Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    Andy Abbott

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Quote Message: That was tremendous ball retention by Cambridge right up from the halfway line - and eventually the pressure told on Oxford.
  65. Penalty (Stevens)

    Oxford 3-3 Cambridge

    23 minutes

    Stevens, who has reverted to number nine after playing fly-half in the previous two Varsitys, puts his side level with a kick that was never in doubt of going over.

  66. Oxford 3-0 Cambridge

    Cambridge are pressing hard, and full-back Simon Davies almost gets through down the left-hand side after Sam Farmer's cheeky offload but three men haul him down.

    In the end though, the Light Blues win a penalty, which captain Don Stevens will take.

  67. Oxford 3-0 Cambridge

    Soon-to-be Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts offloads to Sam Farmer, but the Cambridge flanker is held up and eventually the Dark Blues win a penalty.

    It's been a familiar pattern for the game.

    Jamie Roberts
  68. Oxford 3-0 Cambridge

    Oxford are holding firm here. Cambridge flanker Daniel Dass breaks through but is held up and the ball gets stolen away from him.

    The Light Blues are making the ground but they can't seem to get through.

  69. Oxford 3-0 Cambridge

    Tom Finch

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Quote Message: Oxford have a really powerful set of forwards themselves - they've got a lot of weight and a lot of graft.
  70. Oxford 3-0 Cambridge

    Oxford may have held on to their lead, but Cambridge's pack looked thoroughly dangerous - they must have pushed about 20 metres forward but the backs couldn't find a gap in the defence.

  71. Oxford 3-0 Cambridge

    Cambridge immediately try to get back into the game and push and push and push some more. They are so close to the line but desperate Oxford defence keeps them out before the Dark Blues are awarded a scrum.

  72. Oxford 3-0 Cambridge

    Brian Moore

    Ex-England hooker on BBC Two

    Quote Message: Oxford will be very pleased about that because Cambridge have really had the better of the exchanges up until that point.
  73. Penalty (Cullen)

    Oxford 3-0 Cambridge

    Oxford are first to get on the board after Cambridge forward James Kilroe is penalised for a dangerous tackle around 40 yards from the posts.

    George Cullen, who scored 18 points in the match last year, kicks straight and true through the posts.

  74. Oxford 0-0 Cambridge

    Nine minutes

    After starting on the back foot, Oxford have felt their way into the match. It must be rather scary knowing that the opposition have one of Britain's best rugby players.

  75. Oxford 0-0 Cambridge

    Andy Abbott

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Quote Message: Cambridge have just got to get the passes right. That's two or three times passes have let them down.
  76. Oxford 0-0 Cambridge

    Cambridge's line-out is poor and the ball is back in the hands of the dark blues, who kick long. Tom Stileman then does brilliantly to push Ilia Cherezov out of play to earn his side a throw, but Oxford lose it.

  77. Oxford 0-0 Cambridge

    Oxford get possession for the first time in the game and Georgia sevens player Matt Janney gets hold of a kick and rush, but gives away a penalty which Cambridge kick into the corner for a line-out.

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    Oxford 0-0 Cambridge

  79. Oxford 0-0 Cambridge

    Brian Moore

    Ex-England hooker on BBC Two

    Jamie Roberts
    Quote Message: When Jamie Roberts makes ground, which he will do, it'll be about what Cambridge can do after that.
  80. Oxford 0-0 Cambridge

    Oxford, whose nominated captain George Messum was classed as ineligible for the match because of his course, have now lost their stand-in skipper early on, after Henry Lamont goes off with injury. Ed David comes on in his place at centre.

    Cambridge have started the game on top.

  81. Oxford 0-0 Cambridge

    Man-of-the-moment Jamie Roberts gets involved for Cambridge early on, but his pass out wide to the man on the wing comes up short.

  82. Kick-off

    Oxford 0-0 Cambridge

    Kick off

    Referee Greg Garner blows the whistle to begin the 134th Varsity match, as Cambridge kick off hoping to end a run of five straight defeats.

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  84. Teams are out

    Oxford v Cambridge (14:30 GMT)

    The teams are out, and we're having a moment's silence to remember the 55 Blues who died in the First World War and a rendition of the national anthem.

  85. BBC coverage

    Oxford v Cambridge (14:30 GMT)

    A wee reminder, as we race towards kick-off, that you can not only watch today's match live on BBC Two, but also listen to radio commentary on BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

  86. Breaking tradition

    Oxford v Cambridge (14:30 GMT)

    Jamie Roberts
    Quote Message: The captain is supposed to cycle around everyone's house to tell them that they've been picked... But I was in London, so I got a phone call instead. from Jamie Roberts Wales and Cambridge centre speaking on BBC Two
    Jamie RobertsWales and Cambridge centre speaking on BBC Two
  87. Will the real Mike Phillips please stand up?

    Oxford v Cambridge (14:30 GMT)

    If you look at the Cambridge University line-up, you'd be forgiven for thinking they had two Wales stars on their team.

    But the Mike Phillips on the light blues' bench is not the Racing 92 scrum-half, but a second-year medicine student at Emmanuel College who is their back-up centre.

    He could join Jamie Roberts in the centres later in the game - a man who sat down with Scrum V to look forward to the match.

  88. Team news

    Oxford v Cambridge (14:30 GMT)

    Don Stevens will captain Cambridge University from his favourite position of scrum-half having featured at number 10 in the last two Varsity Matches.

    The 28-year-old will be hoping it's third time lucky for him at Twickenham, after lasting only 30 minutes in 2013 before dislocating his shoulder, and then 42 minutes last year before rupturing knee ligaments.

    Cambridge team

    Replacements: Calvert, Poulton, Moros, Erogbogbo, Leonard, Tullie, Phillips, Williams.

  89. Team news

    Oxford v Cambridge (14:30 GMT)

    Centre Henry Lamont, winning his fourth Blue, will lead Oxford University out at Twickenham in the absence of usual captain George Messum.

    Prop Lewis Anderson sets a new Varsity record by gaining his sixth Blue.  

    Oxford University

    Replacements: Thornton, Lu, Ball, MacGilchrist, Thomas, Faktor, Abraham, David.

  90. Memory Lane: Part Two

    Oxford v Cambridge (14:30 GMT)

    Andrew captained his side against an Oxford team skippered by another Lions star, Stuart Barnes, who had earlier played in conditions pictured below in 1981. It must have been like trying to catch a large snowball...

    Oxford v Cambridge 1981

    Current Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys also wore dark blue, while former Lions captain Gavin Hastings also wore the light blue of Cambridge before being inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.  

  91. Memory Lane: Part One

    Oxford v Cambridge (14:30 GMT)

    Down the years there have been some pretty famous players to have donned a shade of blue and feature in the Varsity match.

    England and British and Irish Lions fly-half Rob Andrew is one of them when he was a student St John's College, Cambridge, before going on to play for Nottingham, Wasps and Newcastle and is now professional rugby director at the RFU.

    Rob Andrew and Stuart Lancaster
    Image caption: Rob Andrew (left) and former England head coach Stuart Lancaster

    Fun Fact Time: Andrew was also a handy cricketer, playing 17 first-class matches for the university during his studies.  

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    Oxford v Cambridge (14:30 GMT)

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  93. Joy for Cambridge's women

    Oxford v Cambridge (14:30 GMT)

    Cambridge celebrate

    Earlier today the Women's Varsity match took place at Twickenham for the first ever time.

    Cambridge were dominant, scoring eight tries including hat-tricks from Alice Middleton and Anna Wilson, as they sailed to a 52-0 victory over their Oxford counterparts.

    To find out the story of the game, read Adam Williams' excellent report here.

  94. BBC coverage

    Oxford v Cambridge (14:30 GMT)

    BBC Two coverage

    After 19 long years away, the Varsity match is back on BBC television this afternoon.

    You can watch BBC Two's coverage, which is already under way, by clicking the play icon at the top of the page.

    Alternatively, there'll also be live BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Radio Oxford commentary on the match, which you can access via the 'Live Coverage' tab.

  95. Dominant Oxford

    Oxford v Cambridge (14:30 GMT)

    Oxford Varsity

    Roberts' side haven't had the best of times during the last few years.

    The dark blues of Oxford are seeking to become the first team in the match's history to triumph on six consecutive occasions - quite something given Queen Victoria still had 29 years left on the throne when the game was first played.

    But the holders will be without nominated captain George Messum, after his history of art course was deemed ineligible for the match.

    Henry Lamont skippers the side in his place - while prop Lewis Anderson has played in all five of Oxford's recent wins.

  96. Lion Roberts Roaring

    Oxford v Cambridge 14:30 GMT

    Jamie Roberts

    For the 134th Oxford v Cambridge Varsity match, rugby union fans across the globe will be able to recognise the familiar figure of Wales and British and Irish Lions star Jamie Roberts.

    The 29-year-old starts at centre for the light blues of Cambridge University, where he is studying for a masters in medical science, having already qualified as a doctor.

    Some people are just far too good at everything...

  97. The Rivalry

    Oxford v Cambridge (14:30 GMT)

    In the dark blue corner of Oxford: Stephen Hawking, Erasmus, Sir Roger Bannister, JRR Tolkien, David Cameron, Bill Clinton and Hugh Grant.

    Hugh Grant

    In the light blue corner of Cambridge University: Stephen Hawking (he's a smart guy), Charles Darwin, James Watson, Francis Crick, William Wilberforce, Jeremy Paxman and Stephen Fry. 

    Stephen Fry

    That barely scratches the surface of the illustrious alumni of both universities, a backdrop of history any sporting representatives has to deal with.

    And today at Twickenham, there'll be another familiar face on show as the two stalwarts of world academia clash.