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Amesbury Hoping To End Oxford Winning Streak

Charlie Amesbury will follow in the footsteps of Jamie Roberts by winning a Blue for Cambridge in the 135th Varsity Match at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday, 8 December (kick-off 2.30pm).

On the field, the former England Sevens international Amesbury was given two months off from his professional contract by Aviva Premiership side Bristol to compete for a Blue.

Off it, he has been heads down this term having started a two-year Masters degree in Social Innovation at the Judge Business School with an eye on moving into business or farming after rugby.

“I play better when I’ve got something else going on in my life. Since arriving at Cambridge the emphasis has largely been on the academic work, but it’s something I’m enjoying,” said the 30-year-old Amesbury, who has studied at Kingston and Manchester Universities in the past.

“I’ve had a career in rugby for more than 10 years, but I’ve always had an eye on educating myself alongside rugby. I’ve wanted to try to play for Cambridge for a number of years, but I’ve always had a contract that stopped me from leaving rugby.

“This year, though, I felt I could take a two-month break just to refresh myself and experience Cambridge before getting a bit too old. I’ve played at Twickenham a couple of times before, although mainly in sevens, so it will be nice to have a few more players around me.

“If I can have a quiet game and the rest of the boys have the games of their lives then that would be perfect for me. It is a big thing for Cambridge, the University and the city, to try to get this win.

“The pressure is all on Oxford because they have won so many times – it is on them to lose it. We are just going to go out there and play some good running rugby.”

Amesbury will line-up at full back at Twickenham as one of nine new Blues in the starting XV before heading back to Bristol the following week to prepare for a European Rugby Challenge Cup clash with Pau.

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