Will UCLU Men’s Rugby secure third Varsity victory in a row this Friday?

This Friday 14th of March, UCLU and KCLSU will clash in arguably the biggest rivalry in the London Varsity Series – the Rugby Varsity. After it was cancelled last year to much disappointment, the two sides are returning stronger and with more to prove.

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The London Rugby Varsity tradition will carry on this Friday 14th of March at Allianz Park. UCLU Men’s Rugby (with support from the mascot Kingslayer) will take on KCLSU Men’s Rugby at 7:30pm after the women’s match.

UCLU and KCLSU Men’s Rugby teams both compete in BUCS South Eastern 2B and are respectively 3rd and 2nd in the league. Both teams have secured 11 BUCS wins this season, however Strand Poly lead in goal difference.

Before Christmas, the two sides came face to face on KCL’s home turf and the score was 31-18 to King’s. Our UC men scored 3 tries but were unsuccessful in getting the conversions in, whilst King’s scored 4 and secured all conversions, and both teams scored a penalty each.

In the 2012 Varsity, UCLU beat KCLSU 24-7. In the unofficial Gower-Strand Varsity last year, our UC men won again, the score being 20-14.

With some old and fresh legs on board, our men in purple will need to put everything in and more to secure a victory over Strand Poly.

Tickets are selling fast as the days are dwindling away to D Day. Get yours now to avoid disappointment – after party TBA.

In the meantime, get to know your UC Rugby men before the big day:

Fergus Edward Taylor (Club Captain)

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Position: No. 8

Height and Weight: 187cm; 111kg

Favourite Gym exercise: BB shoulder press

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Marxist-Leninism

Game of Thrones Character most similar to: Brienne of Tarth

Tom Brocket (1st Team Captain)

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Position: Fly-Half

Height and Weight: 188cm; 92kg

Favourite gym exercise: Deadlift

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Subjectivation

Game of Thrones Character most similar to: Don’t watch it

Jonny Miles

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Position: Loosehead Prop

Height and Weight: 187cm; 110 kg

Favourite gym exercise: Squat

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Pain is just French bread.

Game of Thrones Character most similar to: Gandalf

Joe Heagerty

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Position: Halfback

Height and Weight: 183cm; 88kgs

Favourite gym exercise: Squat Favourite

Philosophical Concept: League

Game of thrones character: Renly Baratheon

When did you start playing rugby?
I have played rugby since I was 4. Brought up in a tough rugby league environment, I modelled myself upon the likes of Andy Farrell, Keith Senior and Terry Newton. Since coming to UCL I have made the transition to Union, albeit unhappily, and I am slowly starting to get to grips with the different laws of this Southern game.

Christopher Carter Leno

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Position: Hooker

Height and Weight: 185cm; 105Kg

Favourite gym exercise: EZ bar preacher curl

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Hobbesian theories of the state

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Tywin Lannister

Nick Edmonds

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Position: Prop

Height: 187cm

Weight: Not sure, the scales broke; probably at least 30 kilos though.

Favourite gym exercise: Squat. A lot.

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Squatteo ergo sum.

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Hodor

Tom Carr

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Position: Second Row

Height and Weight: 194cm; 98kg

Favourite gym exercise: Decline-Reverse-Wrist-Flexor-Squat-Lifts (Smith Machine)

Favourite Philosophical Concept: “This Klub is a Business” Daniele Manzi

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Ned Stark

Elliott Marcus Kwasi Davis, aka BIG Ell

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Position: Reverse Cowgirl/Lock

Height and Weight: 191cm; 103kg

Favourite gym exercise: “The flying lip lock” as demonstrated by The Rock on CapitalFM.

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Scepticism, because you never know.

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Bronn

Thomas Featherstone

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Position: Wing

Height and Weight: 191cm; 103kg

Favourite gym exercise: Bench press (160kg ORM – Ladies)

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Teach them to call it ‘real life’ and not question what ‘real’ actually is.

Game of Thrones character most similar to: A young Jon Snow

Theo Williams

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Position: Front Row

Height and Weight: 186cm; 94 Kg

Favourite Gym exercise: I pick things up and put them down

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Picking things up and putting them down

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Hodor – we share a similar range of vocabulary

David Miles

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Position: Flanker

Weight and Height: 185cm; 88kg

Favourite gym exercise: Dumbbell Bench Press

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Tyrion Lannister

Henry Poon

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Position: Flanker

Height and Weight: 184cm; 98kg

Favourite gym exercise: Shoulders

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Maoism

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Syrio Florel

Andrew Smith-Doctor

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Position: Centre

Weight and Height: 104kg; 183cm

Favourite Gym Exercise: Cleans

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Black Cat Analogy

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Sir Gregor Clegane

Paymahn Seyed-Safi

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Position: 7

Weight and Height: 185cm; 89kg

Favourite gym exercise: Pectoral flies

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Viva Tom Brocket

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Drogo

Henry William Perry

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Position: Hooker

Height and Weight: 5’11”; 97kg

Favourite gym exercise: Weighted muscle ups

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Dualism

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Background villager #4

Septimus Felix Machiavelli Theodoulou Knox

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Position: Prop/Winger

Height and Weight: 184cm; 92 Kg

Favourite gym exercise: Dynamic Skipping Favourite

Philosophical Concept: Solov’ev’s concept of Godmanhood

Game of Thrones character most similar to: King of the North

Tom Craig

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Position: Flanker, until Newton arrived on the scene

Height and Weight: 18 hands; 200 pounds

Favourite gym exercise: Charley Dyer

Favourite Philosophical Concept: LGBT

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Joffrey Baratheon

Zach Stamp

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Position: Wing

Height and Weight: 190cm; 100kg

Favourite gym exercise: Wood Chopper

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Qui vole un oeuf vole un boeuf

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Xaro Xhoan Daxos

Sam Tagliaferri

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Position: Doggy

Height and Weight: 189cm; 97kg

Favourite Gym Exercise: Power Cleans

Favourite Philosophy: Dirty Bulking

Game of Thrones character most similar to: (you know nothing) Jon Snow

Rhodri Sennitt

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Position: Everywhere

Height and Weight: 178cm; 82 kg

Favourite gym exercise: I don’t lift

Favourite Philosophical Concept: The words of Jonny Miles

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Don’t watch it

Harry Newton

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Position: Openside Flanker

Height and Weight: 183cm; 91 Kg

Favorite gym exercise: Clean and Press

Favorite Philosophical Concept: In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons (Herodotus)

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Jamie Lannister, Kingslayer

Sam Tresidder

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Position: Centre

Height and Weight: 183cm; 86kg

Favourite Gym Exercise: N/A

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Epistemological Nihilism

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Littlefinger

James Dyer

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Position: Fullback

Height and Weight: 180cm; 86kg

Favourite gym exercise: Weighted Dips

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Realism

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Lord Baelish

Dan Mizen

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Position: Full back / wing / scrum half

Height and Weight: 177cm; 84kg

Favourite gym exercise: Dirty 30s

Favourite Philosophical Concept: Norm of reciprocity – the expectation that people will respond favourably to each other by returning benefits for benefits, and responding with either indifference or hostility to harms

Game of Thrones character most similar to: Jon Snow – I too have spoken the oath

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Check out the promo video video here. Get excited and wear purple.