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Old Blue Rugby 'Blues'

Post by Mid A 15 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:46 pm

On the day of the Oxford v Cambridge varsity match I wondered how many we have had and how recently.

I cannot think of any Old Blue male pupils within the past 50 years or so. The late Geoff Hines being the most recent to my knowledge. I am aware of some Rugby Blue CH Masters: TGR Davies, WPC Davies and Peter Warfield come to mind.

I am also aware that Women have played their own varsity match for 30 years or so and, given that I've read that CH Girls have had some decent 7s teams, could any girls have earned a Blue?

Can anybody elaborate?
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Post by richardb » Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:38 pm

I am sure John Cullen and Bill Biddell were Cambridge blues in the early 80s.

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Post by Fitzsadou » Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:18 am

In spite of the recent event at Twickenham, why limit this thread to Rugby? So then we could have mention of Cricket (and DRW Silk). Why stop there? There are Rowing, etc (and even Tiddly Winks) to consider.

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Post by Mid A 15 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:51 pm

richardb wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:38 pm
I am sure John Cullen and Bill Biddell were Cambridge blues in the early 80s.
Well remembered!

I should have thought of those particularly Cullen who I believe wasn't that far away from an England trial as a scrum half. I think he played for London and South East back in the days divisional sides played the touring countries.
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Post by Mid A 15 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:52 pm

Fitzsadou wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:18 am
In spite of the recent event at Twickenham, why limit this thread to Rugby? So then we could have mention of Cricket (and DRW Silk). Why stop there? There are Rowing, etc (and even Tiddly Winks) to consider.
Feel free to elaborate.
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Post by LongGone » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:33 am

Fitzsadou wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:18 am
In spite of the recent event at Twickenham, why limit this thread to Rugby? So then we could have mention of Cricket (and DRW Silk). Why stop there? There are Rowing, etc (and even Tiddly Winks) to consider.
What do you mean “even Tiddly Winks(sic)”. As a member of a team that made it to the second round (okay, it was a bye) of the 1964 Silver Wink competition I place the sport at the same level as Rugby and Cricket. Let’s face it: all sports are pretty dumb when viewed objectively.
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Post by John Saunders » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:27 pm

There was a Cambridge rowing Blue in the 50's.I think he also became President. Name began with D

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Post by blueeyedboy » Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:35 am

95% sure Simon Wilson (? son of Roger Wilson, Staff) got a Blue in goal for Hockey for Cambridge in the mid 80s. Given how inept we were at men's hockey it isn't a surprise our only Blue in living memory was a keeper - he'd have had a lot of practice...

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Post by Kit Bartlett » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:41 am

H.W.F. Franklin, T.A. 14-20. Oxford 1923.
N.L. Ilett Mid B 31`-39 , Oxford ,1947.
D.R.W.Sllk, Maine A 42-50. Cambridge 1953.54.

Rowing Blue. D.E.Freeland, TA 37-44 Oxford, late 1940s.

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Re: Old Blue Rugby 'Blues'

Post by davidtaplin » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:11 pm

G W Hines LB 51-59 was an Oxford Blue 1963 and 1964 I recall or thereabouts and an England Triallist in ~1964 - as well as playing for Rosslyn Park - & Zambia in I think the Currie Cup. Maybe J Launchbury will go on now to Oxford....in a worthy tradition?

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