Fly-Half and Captain Catherine Wilcock (2014, History) and Fullback Sophie Trott (2015, Chemistry) were thrilled to be on the winning team, beating Cambridge 3-0, with Sophie named BBC player of the match and Catherine scoring the first-half penalty.
Before the match, Catherine had commented: “I strongly believe we have the ability to win, with a strong, experienced side taking to the field this year.”
Sophie and Catherine have been committed to an intensive training regime which involves a 6am start for 7am training at the Oxford University Rugby Football Club gym on Mondays and Fridays. There they work with personal trainers using weights and stretching routines. The rest of the week is devoted to matches, training, physio, running and passing practice.”
Both Catherine and Sophie started playing tag rugby at their primary schools, Broughton Primary School near Preston and Combe Down Primary near Bath. “Contact rugby – with tackling and rucks - is really hard and you do get hurt to start with, but the more you play, your body gets stronger and you don’t get so many bruises,” said Catherine.
By chance, when Sophie arrived as a Fresher in 2015 and was allocated her College ‘parent’, she was delighted to find it was Catherine. “We didn’t know each other but when I was thinking of coming to Wadham, I emailed Catherine to ask about rugby at Oxford.”
The 30th Women’s Varsity Match kicked off at 11.30 am on Thursday 8 December and this was Oxford Women's nineteenth Varsity victory. The 135th Varsity Match (men’s) kicked off at 2.30pm.
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