Lucy Cavendish students lead rugby team at Twickenham

by Kate Coghlan on 24 January 2017


The College was proud to see two students leading the Cambridge University Women’s Rugby Team in the Varsity match against Oxford at Twickenham at the end of last year. Hopes were high after a team victory in 2015, when Lucy Cavendish student Alice Middleton won the title of ‘Player-of-the-match’ after three tries and six conversions.

College Bursar, Lesley Thompson watched the Varsity Match in December 2016 and reports:

"With two Lucy Cavendish students in key roles in the team - Alice Middleton as Captain and Lara Gibson as Team Manager - this year a few of us from College were determined to go and give rousing support to the Cambridge women in the Varsity Match at Twickenham. Sadly, there was not a repetition of the huge 52-0 victory of last year; indeed, the loss by 3-0 was agonising as in the second half it looked as though Cambridge was going to score a try on several occasions."

"Despite this, we were so thrilled to be there and immensely proud of Alice, Lara and the rest of the team. As they both acknowledged, not many women get to run out of the tunnel at Twickenham and it was fantastic to see them do it. Here’s to next year!"

Graduate medicine student and Team Captain, Alice Middleton first discovered rugby at her undergraduate university (Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry) in 2011 and then went on to play for East London Ladies. When she moved to Cambridge, she started playing with Shelford Rugby Club and started to really love the game. An injury preventing her from joining the Cambridge University Team until early in 2015, and she made quick progress to be selected for the team to play in the first match to be held at Twickenham in 2015. She was promoted to Team Captain in March 2016.

Speaking after the recent match, Alice said:

“I’m gutted for the girls but I’m really proud of them for the shift they put in today. We have the strength and the finishers but it wasn’t our day.”

“Despite the result this time, the Varsity match continues to reap rewards for women’s rugby. Holding the match at Twickenham and showing it on the BBC helps to raise the profile of the game and the club has seen more and more women wanting to give it a try.”

Of the support from Lucy Cavendish, Alice said:

“Lucy Cavendish College has been so supportive. It has been fantastic!”

The date for next year’s Varsity game will be on Thursday 7 December and we hope you will join us to watch Cambridge regain the Cup!