Cambridge University rugby teams scrum together for disability charity ahead of Varsity showdown

Players from the Men and Women's Cambridge Uni rugby teams with residents at the Manor.

Players from the Men and Women's Cambridge Uni rugby teams with residents at the Manor. - Credit: Archant

Cambridge University’s rugby teams dropped in to see residents at a Huntingdon home for disabled adults which will be supported by their forthcoming annual Varsity match against Oxford.

Men's team captain Daniel Dass with Davey Somers.

Men's team captain Daniel Dass with Davey Somers. - Credit: Archant

Donning team colours, eight members of the Cambridge University men and women’s teams visited the Manor, run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, on Saturday November 5 to see how vital donations support residents with life-enhancing care and support.

The players chatted to residents over tea and cakes before playing a game of catch. It was the third visit by the teams to the Cambridge home in the three years the Varsity Match has supported the disability charity.

Manor resident Dave Somers said: “I really enjoy the visits from the best team - that’s Cambridge! Saturday was a great day and talking to all was fantastic, particularly the women’s team!

“The match at Twickenham can be cold but the thrill of the day gets you carried away. Thank you to all.”

L-R back row: Sophie Farrant and Jonny Dixon. Front row: Alice Middleton, resident Janet Layton and

L-R back row: Sophie Farrant and Jonny Dixon. Front row: Alice Middleton, resident Janet Layton and Chris Bell. - Credit: Archant


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Men’s team captain, Daniel Dass said: “It has been great to visit one of Leonard Cheshire Disability’s fantastic homes in Cambridge. I just spent the last couple of hours talking to some amazing men and women, it’s been a fantastic experience to hear about and see the really amazing work being done here.”

The 135th Men’s and the 30th Women’s Varsity Match will take place at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday December 8, and is set to attract another packed crowd eager to see Cambridge University take on its age-old rival.

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