Whilst here in the UK we are still awaiting the return of rugby below Premiership level, on the other side of the world in Australia they have been back playing club rugby since July and last Saturday at their No 1 Oval, Sydney University honoured thirty-five players who have made 100 or more appearances for their first grade team. Included in that prestigious number are three players who also represented OURFC with distinction in three different decades – congratulations from OURFC to all three.
First up Roger Davis, a second row who played in the Varsity Matches of 1974 and 1975 and also won three caps for the Wallabies in 1974, all against the mighty All Blacks. In total Roger made 157 appearances for SUFC 1st Grade team, making him sixth on their all time ladder. Roger went on to have a highly successful business career and also as distinguished rugby administrator in New South Wales.
Next up is Rob Egerton, who won two Blues in 1987 and 1988, the latter being one of Oxford’s most renowned post-war teams with six Internationals who defeated an equally star-studded Cambridge team by 27 points to 7 (5 tries to 1). Rob made exactly 100 1st Grade appearances for SUFC either side of his time at Oxford and then went on to represent the Wallabies on nine occasions, including most famously starting on the opposite wing to David Campese (who was nominated player of the Tournament) when they defeated England at Twickenham, to lift the Rugby World Cup in 1991. After rugby Rob became a biology teacher at the Kings School, Parramatta before having a stint as the Wallabies Team Manager 2010-14, before returning to teaching at Newington College where he is today.
Finally Richie Maher, who also made two Varsity Match appearances for the Blues in 1996 and 1997 the latter as Captain. Richie made 104 1st Grade appearances for SUFC before heading to Oxford for a two year medical masters, before returning back ‘Down Under’ to continue his medical career, which sees him currently working as a Staff Specialist Radiologist at North Shore Private Hospital in Sydney.