I was lucky enough to play varsity for UPRFC (University of Plymouth Rugby Football Club) last year for the second team against St Marks and St John University.
Getting chosen to play was a real honour for me as I had only been in the 2nd’s squad for two months prior to this. Even making it into the match day squad would have made me happy, but I was chosen to start the match at blind side flanker.
The preparation for varsity started 2 months prior to the day. Training intensified up to 4 times a week; fitness sessions at 7:30 am on Mondays and Fridays, skills sessions on Monday and Friday evening. Also, an alcohol ban was set to everyone in the squads from a month before the game.
Varsity day was great from the start as the 2nd’s (my team) won their game on the top pitch at Brickfields. I was lucky enough to play 70 minutes and get the first try of the game. In the evening of our game we all went to Brickfields to watch the 1st’s play against Marjon’s 1st team. They were unlucky and lost their game in a very tight contest. As a club we all got together and had a good social and focused on the fact that the 2nd team won.
This was my proudest moment in university, to represent the university on varsity. I hope to repeat the feat next year and try to play in the first’s game under the floodlight of Brickfields, the home of Plymouth Albion.