Dear friend of OURFC,
We are announcing today that the 2024 Varsity Matches will be held at the Stonex Stadium on Saturday March 2nd.
The move to Stonex from Twickenham is the result of a thorough exercise by both University rugby clubs to ensure the longer term future of the Varsity Matches as a special experience for the players. Whilst moving away from Twickenham will no doubt cause some sadness, we are incredibly grateful to both the Saracens organisation for their commitment to the fixture, and to the RFU for all that they have done in the past and for their continued support.
We are sure that the day will be a fantastic experience for all supporters of the club and would encourage the Dark Blue community to get behind both the men’s and women’s team to support them on the day.
If you have any questions, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. I have attached answers to some FAQ’s below.
Yours in Dark Blue,
Where is Stonex?
The Saracens ground is conveniently located in North London "midway" between Oxford and Cambridge.
Why choose Stonex?
We have worked closely with the stadium team at Stonex throughout the process. We have been impressed with the quality of the facilities, the flexibility and range of options available to us as we seek to reshape the Varsity Matches for the future. They share our vision of refocusing on our core student and alumni supporters groups, and reaching out to the local schools and community to create a Varsity event for the future.
What is the reasoning behind leaving Twickenham?
It has been a huge challenge for us these past few years to develop the game
at Twickenham, and to make the best of the most fantastic playing experience for our players. In the current circumstances, Stonex is more suited to our capacity and capabilities.
What is the reaction of the current players?
Not surprisingly they are somewhat disappointed not to be playing at Twickenham, as will a number of our ‘Old Blues’ community on their behalf. However they are very grateful to the Saracens organisation for stepping up to help maintain the fixture as a special experience. They
recognise the considerable commitment by Saracens at a time that is not easy for many rugby clubs.
What is the RFU's view?
Quote: "The RFU is proud to have hosted the VMs at Twickenham for over 100 years, but re
cognise that in today’s environment the event will be more sustainable at a smaller venue in keeping with crowds attending this historic fixture. Many of our colleagues and volunteers will continue to enjoy and support these matches in their new home at Stonex Stadium and we wish them every success in the future."
What is the sponsor’s response to this change?
Both clubs have worked closely with Jefferies through these discussions and they are totally supportive of the decision to change the venue of the Varsity Matches. As lead sponsor and provider of the new Jefferies trophy, they have underlined their commitment to the Varsity Matches.