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ronnie lamb

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

We are very sorry to announce that former OURFC Men's Blues Captain Ronnie Lamb unexpectedly passed away on Saturday 10th June aged 80.

Ronnie had been associated with OURFC for more than 60 years, having spent four years at St Edmund Hall between 1961 and 1965 reading Geography, gaining three Blues in 1962, 63 & 64 and in the 2000's served as Chairman and RFU Representative for a number of years.

Lamb’s highlight was captaining Oxford to a 19-6 victory against Cambridge in 1964 when his opposite number at stand-off was the Irish and Lions great, Mike Gibson. The result was a surprise, as Cambridge had won the preceding four matches. In his match report, under the headline: 'Lamb hero of Oxford’s emphatic victory', John Downie of the then Glasgow Herald, wrote: “Almost everything that had been predicted about the match proved false. The great shining star of the whole game, for instance, was expected to be Gibson, the Cambridge and Ireland stand-off. Yet the hero, carried off at the end, was his opposite number, Lamb – a trialist rejected by the Scottish selectors – who had been so badly troubled by a left knee injury that it was doubted until recently that he would even by fit to play.”

Lamb also played club rugby for Edinburgh Wanderers and London Scottish.

All at OURFC offer our sincere condolences to Rosie and the family at this difficult time, RIP Ronnie.

There will be a Service to celebrate Ronnie's Life at Gullane Parish Church in East Lothian at 12 noon on Tuesday 11th July. This will be preceded by a private Woodland Burial for close family members.

There will be a Service of Thanksgiving held on Friday 22nd September 2023, 12noon at St James Church, Fulmer, Bucks, SL3 6HD, all welcome.

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