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Johnes starts for University of Oxford in Varsity clash

Manon Johnes has been named at scrum-half for the University of Oxford in their historic Varsity match-up with Cambridge.

The ‘Battle of the Blues’ is set to take place on Sunday, July 4th at Leicester Tigers’ Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium as the Dark Blues go in search of their first Varsity victory since 2016.

“I’ve got to do whatever I can to help those around me to turn in a great performance on the day – that’s what I want to achieve,” said Johnes, who is reading geography at St Catherine’s.

“I’ve been able to experiment with a few different skills in the build-up games. I’ve been practicing my box kicking, which was completely new to me, and I’m just looking forward to playing with my new teammates.

“I missed out on playing with my mates growing up because I was playing for Wales at 17, so being at Oxford is giving me the chance to make up for that and to enjoy myself. I’ve been able to offer some advice and support to a few of my new teammates and it looks as though things are building nicely towards the big day.

“It isn’t as intense or pressurised as playing for Bristol Bears or Wales, but I certainly know what is expected of me on July 4th and how important the game is to the university.”

The Women’s Varsity Match kicks-off at 1.00pm followed by the Men’s game at 3.30pm. 

Oxford University team in full to take on Cambridge University on Sunday, July 4th:

15. Clodagh Holmes * (University), 14. Maddie Hindson (University), 13. Megan Carter * (Lincoln), 12. Bianca Coltellini (Keble), 11. Helen Potts * (New); `10. Fiona Kennedy * (St Hilda’s, captain), 9. Manon Johnes (St Catherine’s); 1. Maya Mellor (Somerville), 2. Milly Cadman (St Hugh’s), 3. Jessi Abele (Exeter), 4. Katie Collis * (Lincoln), 5. Carla Schmidt * (New), 6. Megan Isaac (Exeter), 7. Alex Travers (Worcester), 8. Hannah Cooper * (Worcester)


Replacements: 16. Ruby James (Brasenose), 17. Ginny Gough (Regent’s Park), 18. Iris Maxfield (St Anne’s), 19. Alex Allum Pearce (St Hugh’s), 20. Rachel Martin (Brasenose), 21. Stella Farmer (Worcester), 22. Laurel Chor (Christ Church), 23. Chloe Hawley (St Catherine’s)


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