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.
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Height and Weight: 184cm; 98kg
Favourite gym exercise: Shoulders
Favourite Philosophical Concept: Maoism
Game of Thrones character most similar to: Syrio Florel
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Height and Weight: 183cm; 86kg
Favourite Gym Exercise: N/A
Favourite Philosophical Concept: Epistemological Nihilism
Game of Thrones character most similar to: Littlefinger
Height and Weight: 180cm; 86kg
Favourite gym exercise: Weighted Dips
Favourite Philosophical Concept: Realism
Game of Thrones character most similar to: Lord Baelish
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
Check out the promo video video here. Get excited and wear purple.