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Strong Hall Performances on University Rugby Tour

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Oxford University Men’s First Rugby Team are currently touring the East Coast of the United States, visiting Boston and the Ivy League universities of Harvard, Yale and Princeton. They will also visit the US Military Academy at West Point before moving on to New York. Their ‘showpiece’ match will be in Philadelphia, where they will face the Collegiate All American XV.

St Edmund Hall has the most players represented in the OURFC squad of any Oxford college; of the 31 touring members, five are Teddy Hall students. The College’s contingent includes Sam Miller (2017, Materials Science), an undergraduate fresher starting in October. He is one of only three freshers selected to play for the University on the tour and was also selected to play for the England Counties U18 squad last year. Teddy Hall is also represented by Tom Dyer (2014, Biochemistry), Seb Haddock (2015, Biochemistry), Dan Barley (2016, Engineering Science) and Lisi Fifita (2017, MBA).

The team played their first match on Sunday against Mystic River under clear blue skies at Pine Banks Park, Boston. The first half was closely contested, but at half time Oxford had a narrow lead, with the score at 12 – 10. Teddy Hall made its presence felt in the second half. After the break, Dan Barley, playing on the right wing, dived over the line to score an unconverted try. Tom Dyer also started his season strongly, converting three tries over the course of the match, helping Oxford secure its lead. At the end of the 80 minutes, Oxford beat Mystic River with a final score of score 31 – 20.

Full match report at OURFC