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Nick Koster and Jess Tayenjam have been appointed co-chairs of Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club. Picture: Keith Heppell
Nick Koster and Jess Tayenjam have been appointed co-chairs of Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club. Picture: Keith Heppell

Nick Koster and Jess Tayenjam have become co-chairs of Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club.

The old Blues will take over the role from Ian Peck.

Tayenjam studied modern languages at Sidney Sussex College from 2007 to 2011, and then did an MPhil in social innovation from 2018 to 2020.

“We have three strategic priorities,” said Tayenjam, who earned her Blue in 2011.

“The first is to ensure we continue to have a great player experience. The second is around sustainability, so making sure that we are financially sustainable and that our operations and our way of operating is sustainable too.

“The third is continuing to drive forwards the One Club agenda, so making sure that we are a diverse and inclusive environment.”

Koster did an MPhil in social innovation from 2018 to 2020. He is a former professional whose clubs include Bath and Bristol, and he captained the Light Blues in 2018.

“Our mission is to try to create the best student rugby experience in the world,” said Koster.

“It’s really important for us as a club to stay relevant and to ensure that we are in a position to continue the experience that we’ve all had and financial sustainability is absolutely critical to that.

“At CURUFC, the amateur values of the game are what everything centres around and I think that’s why we love the experience so much.

“It combines the amateur values of the game with everything that makes it beautiful in the professional sense.

“I think that’s why this is such a unique experience when you couple history and tradition in with all of that, it really is something that I think we can create the best student rugby experience in the world.”

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