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Rich seam of Tigers in Varsity rugby history

The Varsity Matches next month allow supporters to watch another high-profile occasion at the home of Leicester Tigers while also celebrating the history of the club's players in a showpiece rugby occasion.

You can assemble a notable XV of Tigers players who represented the universities of Cambridge and Oxford, including senior internationals and British & Irish Lions, over nearly 150 years of rugby rivalry.

Alexander Obolensky, Tony Underwood and Alastair Smallwood, who won two Grand Slams with England and made his Tigers debut on the day the Crumbie Stand was officially opened in 1920, are among a list of eyecatching wings to play Varsity rugby and represent the club.

Ken Scotland and fellow Lions selection Phil Horrocks-Taylor are two more international backs, while the ranks of England caps includes full-back Marcus Rose.

Mike Wade, a product of Wyggeston Grammar School, is among the homegrown big names, playing three times for England and leading an unbeaten Cambridge University team in 1961.

Cambridge forward Wavell Wakefield, who played a then-record 31 times for England, is another history-maker from Tigers ranks to play Varsity rugby. England hooker Edward Nicholson played four times in the Varsity contest in the 1930s and Nick Drake-Lee was among the youngest props to wear the Red Rose.

It is an occasion with a rich and deep history and we’ll be counting down to this year’s meeting on Sunday, July 4 with an in-depth look at the Tigers who have played in the Varsity Match soon.

Tickets for the 2021 event are on general sale now – including admission to the women’s and men’s matches at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on the same afternoon – and matchday hospitality places are also available with Tony Underwood as our special guest.