On Tuesday 19th May, OURFC will head to Paris for the Centrale 7’s tournament for the 11th consecutive year, under the guidance of Head Coach James Wade and Captain George Messum. The very first year the tournament took place in 2005, OURFC were victorious with a squad that included current Blues backs coach James Gaunt, but the closest they have come to winning the main trophy since then was in 2012, when a squad boasting current England 7’s captain Tom Mitchell, lost in the final to the very impressive Stellenbosh University. The tournament has grown in strength year on year, with national student teams from France, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine, China and other countries regular visitors to Centrale. This years tournament sees Oxford in a group with the Belhair Rockets from South Africa, Grenoble University and the Belgium Students national team with the pool matches played on Wednesday and the knock-outs on Thursday.
This years squad is made up of eight OURFC members and four invited players, as Wade and Messum look to achieve success in Paris:
George Messum * (St Anne’s), George Cullen * (Kellogg), Ian Williams * (Kellogg), Ed David (St Hilda’s), Ollie Shorthose (St Hilda’s), Jonny Mitchell (Keble), Alex Corry (Merton), Matt Geiger (St Catherine’s), Oskar Hirskey-Douglas (Wasps), Ollie Lyons (Wasps), Adam Lubbock (Henley Hawks), Yiannis Loizias (Loughborough University)
* Denotes Blue
Day One Update:
Oxford had a mixed set of pool results on day one, startling with a narrow 19 points to 12 loss to Cape Town club side The Belhair Rockets, they the beat French University side Grenoble 33 points to 26, before finishing the day with a 17 all draw with the Belgian national 7. As such they qualified for the quarter finals where they will play France Universities.