A Message from the CURUFC Captains

CURUFC Men’s Captain—2017

I was delighted to be elected Captain of CURUFC for 2017 earlier this term, which I regard as a great honour. I am determined to carry on the great work that Daniel Dass delivered last year in leading us to a much needed victory.

I am retiring from full time rugby in order to focus fully on my studies at Cambridge, and of course the huge responsibility of leading the next Light Blue campaign. Professional rugby was a challenging and rewarding time of my life but last year’s build up to Twickenham was incredible, an experience to rank fully alongside all the others that I have had in rugby. Hopefully I can bring some of the lessons learnt in that time to help towards a successful blues campaign alongside secretary Jonny Dixon and coach James Shanahan.

The current players are all very much aware of the huge efforts that are going on with regard to the Varsity Match, the commercial activities at Grange Road, Player Development, the provision of more coaching resource, and most importantly the Red Lion 150 Campaign. Everyone who is leaving at the end of this academic year will be signing up to support the Campaign, and I really hope that all our Alumni, whether you were a Blue or not, will support the drive to make Cambridge University Rugby the best that it can possibly be by the time that the club reaches this historic milestone in 2021.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during my year of Captaincy, hopefully many of you will make it up to Grange Road, and I will be able to hear “first hand” much of the amazing history of our great club.

Charlie Amesbury

CURUFC Women’s Captain—2017

Following the integration of Women into the Club in 2014 and the first Women’s Varsity Match at Twickenham in 2015, the women have really appreciated the strength & conditioning, physio and coaching support the Club has given them. We have witnessed such a growth already in women’s rugby at this University because of this, and look forward to building further on all of these developments in the future.

Everyone who is leaving at the end of this academic year will be signing up to support the Campaign, and I really hope that all our Alumnae, whether a blue or tiger (or both!), will also consider supporting us and the Club at such an important time in the Club’s development. I am very lucky to be here and playing for CURUFC for the next two years, but once a light blue, always a light blue, and I know that when I graduate I want to keep contributing to the progression of the Women’s team and the Club in any way that I can. Supporting the Campaign will really make a difference.

The CURUFC Womens’ teams really appreciate your thoughts about ways in
which the Club can keep developing – for example, changing room facilities that are fit for all members and a gym that can accommodate both ours and the men’s teams! We hugely appreciate your generosity to
help develop the opportunity of playing rugby at Grange Road together with the experience of being part of the Blues and Tigers Varsity

Thank you for all of your support.

Lara Gibson