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Former Australia captain and Harlequins lock James Horwill has Varsity Match goals with Cambridge University RUFC

Former Australia captain James Horwill is coming to study at Cambridge University.
Former Australia captain James Horwill is coming to study at Cambridge University.

Former Australia captain James Horwill will be lining up in the Light Blue of Cambridge University RUFC this Michaelmas Term

It has been announced that the 34-year-old second row will be coming to the Judge Business School to do an executive MBA course.

Horwill has been capped 62 times by the Wallabies, captaining them on 16 occasions, and only retired from the professional game after a 14-year career this summer, with his last club being Harlequins.

“It will be nice going full circle and going back to club rugby,” said Horwill, who played for Australia at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011.

“To be part of a club that has got such deep roots and history is a real honour. There have been a lot of well known Australians playing in the Varsity Match down the years and if I can put my name on that list then I will be very proud.

“I watched last year’s game, and the one in which Jamie Roberts was involved, and I spoke at length to Dan Vickerman about his experience here. He spoke very highly of his time at Cambridge and he obviously had a huge impact on the club - if I can follow in his footsteps then I’ll be very happy.

“It is going to be different because you Cambridge don’t play in a league. You get some warm-up matches for the Grand Final.

“But there is still a desire in me to play the game, perform and win stuff. The ability to play in such an historic game, linked to my studies, is really exciting for me.

“If I can help any of the younger guys with their rugby then I am more than happy to do so, but I’ve got to make sure I am in the shape I need to be to play in the big game. It’s not about me it is all about the team getting ready to function and to perform to the right level to win.

Horwill’s formal unveiling at Grange Road as a Cambridge University player comes as another international second row, the 2012 Cambridge Blue Nate Brakeley was named in the USA squad for the upcoming World Cup in Japan.

This year’s Varsity Match is at Twickenham on 12 December, when Cambridge will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing 38-16 last year to Oxford.

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