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Boat Race 2023: Meet the Cambridge University Boat Club men’s crew seeking to avenge defeat to Oxford in 2022





Last year’s Cambridge University Boat Club men’s crew suffered defeat in the Gemini Boat Race for the first time since 2017.

It was a result that saw Cambridge’s overall lead in the fixture cut to 85-81, so they will be looking to restore that five-race buffer on Sunday.

Below are the eight rowers and cox that will be battling it out on the River Thames to ensure that Oxford do not make it back-to-back wins.

The Cambridge and Oxford University Boat Race teams line up at the crew announcement in London. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62824088)
The Cambridge and Oxford University Boat Race teams line up at the crew announcement in London. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62824088)

Bow: Matt Edge (St Catharine’s)

Studying a PhD in chemistry. Featured in the last three men’s lightweight Boat Races, winning the last of those as president. An Under-23 British trial winner.

No 2: Brett Taylor (Queens’)

Brett Taylor, left, is in the number two seat. Picture: Keith Heppell
Brett Taylor, left, is in the number two seat. Picture: Keith Heppell

Studying medical science tripos. Chinese Taipei rower who attended The Perse School in Cambridge and started rowing at Rob Roy Boat Club. Rowed internationally on numerous occasions.

No 3: Noam Mouelle (Hughes Hall)

Studying a PhD in physics. A France Under-23 international who started rowing on the outskirts of Paris. A four-time French champion.

No 4: Seb Benzecry (Jesus)

Seb Benzecry, left, won the 2021 Boat Race. Picture: Keith Heppell
Seb Benzecry, left, won the 2021 Boat Race. Picture: Keith Heppell

Studying film and screen. Was part of the men’s 2021 winning boat on the River Great Ouse at Ely and also a member of last year’s Goldie crew. His grandfather, Cecil, was a hockey Blue for Cambridge.

No 5: Tom Lynch (Hughes Hall)

Studying a PhD in engineering. Was part of the Goldie boat last year and gained experience training alongside several Olympians. Born in Ireland before moving to Canada in his youth, Lynch started rowing seriously at the University of British Columbia.

No 6: Nicholas Mayhew (Peterhouse)

Nick Mayhew, left, is in the number six seat. Picture: Keith Heppell
Nick Mayhew, left, is in the number six seat. Picture: Keith Heppell

Studying MPhil in management. The Stanford men’s rowing captain in 2022/23 and made the grand final of the US collegiate national championships in 2021.

No 7: Oliver Parish (Peterhouse)

Studying Engineering MEng. Part of the men’s winning boat in 2021 and losing crew last year. A junior world champion with Great Britain.

Stroke: Luca Ferraro (King’s)

Cambridge’s stroke Luca Ferraro. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge’s stroke Luca Ferraro. Picture: Keith Heppell

Studying classics. Raced in the spare pair at Ely in 2021 and was a member of men’s losing crew on the Tideway 12 months ago. Made the final of the Under-23 World Championships with Ollie Parish last summer.

Cox: Jasper Parish (Clare)

Studying computer science. Brother of Ollie. Was the cox that helped to guide Cambridge women’s crew to victory in last year’s race.

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