150th Anniversary Dinner

26th November 2021

The week culminated on Friday 26th November with the 150th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at Grange Road. 

We were joined by over 500 members and their guests for a fantastic gala evening. Players from every decade from the 1950s to the current team were present at the dinner. There were a series of fantastic speeches delivered by Professor Mark Bailey, Tammy Samuel, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz and David Quinlan and the whole evening was compared by the dynamic duo of Gavin Hastings and Andy MacDonald. There was also an auction of promises which contained some unique prizes, generously offered by CURUFC legends Rob Wainwright, Gavin Hastings, Rob Andrew, Gerald Davies and Mike Gibson. The programme from the evening can be found here.

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Prof Mark Bailey

A four-time Blue, he captained the side to victory in ’83 and ’84. He won 7 caps for England and then joined the RFU playing committee. He became High Master of St Paul’s School and is now a Professor of Later Medieval History at UEA.

Tammy Samuel

Tammy played in the 1994 and 1995 Varsity Matches and went on to play for Saracens and win 6 caps for England. She is now a Senior Partner at Stephenson Harwood LLP and is an expert in railways law and regulation.

Prof Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Former Vice-Chancellor of the University. He served as the Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council from 2007-2010 and is the current chair of Cancer Research UK.  He was knighted in 2001 for his pioneering work in vaccines.

David Quinlan

David played professionally for Leinster and Northampton Saints, as well as winning 2 caps for Ireland. After his retirement from professional rugby in 2007 David qualified as a lawyer, specialising in the commercial and sports sectors.