OB Will Briggs (02-09) wrapped up his Cambridge varsity career in style with a 23-18 win over Oxford at Twickenham on Thursday 8 December.
The light blues’ dramatic victory not only brought an end to Oxford’s six-year dominance but also propelled Briggs into the record books as only the second player to have played in six University Varsity matches, an accomplishment he now shares with Herbert Fuller.
Speaking after the match, Will spoke about his desire to end the Light Blues losing run.
“Oxford are a great side and really made us work really hard but the boys hung in there and stuck together. I would be lying if I didn’t say I didn’t hang around Cambridge a little bit longer to play for a few more games of the Varsity match to get a win. It is a big chunk of my life. The boys all know what this means. It is massive for me.”
Cambridge’s captain Daniel Dass also paid tribute to Briggs’s resilience and character.
“For Will to come back each year, and work for it is so unbelievable,” he said. “I couldn’t admire him any more. It was tough enough for me to come back from last year; for him to do it six years in a row is fantastic.”
Will is currently in his eighth year at Cambridge completing his PhD. Over the last six years, he has been joined by OBs Ilia Cherezov (03-08), Oliver Clough (00-11), Sam Farmer (07-10) and Harry Peck (97-98), who between them have made an impressive 14 Varsity appearances.
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