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Rugby Union

The Varsity Match


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The annual Rugby Union fixtures between Oxford and Cambridge universities

Following the founding of the Oxford Football Club in 1869 and the Cambridge Football Club in 1871, The Varsity Match has been played annually since 1872 – when it took place at The Parks in Oxford. Known as "The Battle of the Blues", it's renowned as one of the most pulsating fixtures on the rugby calendar.

Held at Twickenham Stadium since December 1921, the competition now sees rugby's hallowed turf turn two shades of blue as the women and men from Oxford University and Cambridge University do battle in this beloved clash.

With 139 matches played and Cambridge leading Oxford 64 – 61 (with 14 matches drawn) in the men’s contest while Oxford leads Cambridge 21 – 13 in the women’s series, which dates back to 1988, this rich rivalry is alive and as close fought as ever. 

In September 2021, organisers announced The Varsity Matches would take place in the springtime on 2 April 2022, moving from their traditional December date, and from a Thursday to Saturday to allow more spectators – especially families – to attend. The 2022 fixtures will also mark the 150th anniversary of the first meeting between the sides.


Jefferies Presents The Varsity Matches are being held on Saturday 2 April 2022.

The 2022 Varsity Matches will return to the hallowed ground of Twickenham Stadium in London.

Tickets for the Jefferies Presents The Varsity Matches 2022 are on sale now.