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9 March 2006 PR 06/22

Loughborough announces powerful starting line up for ‘Real’ Varsity match

Loughborough University’s Head Coach, Paul Westgate, today announced his team ahead of next Friday’s (17th March) second annual ‘Real’ Varsity Rugby match.

In the starting line up are five members of the England Universities squad (*) and three from England Students (**).

The match will see Loughborough go head to head with Bath University in one of the newest fixtures on the British sporting calendar, which was established last year to broaden awareness of university rugby and show just how high the standards of university sport are.

The Loughborough team is as follows:

15
14
13
12
11

10
9

8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1

16
17
18
19
20
21
22

Tom Chesters – Sports Science with Management
Mike Melford* – Computing and Management
Ronnie McLean-Dents – Mechanical Engineering
Tom Davenport – MSc Marketing and Management
Yomi Akinyemi – Management Sciences

Greg (Serge) Collet* – European and International Studies
Toby Henry* – Sport and Exercise Science

Andy Hodgkins – Sport and Exercise Science
Tom Yellowlees** – Psychology
Adam Parr – Sports Science with Management
Ben Griffiths* – Chemistry and Sports Science
Mat Lister – MSc Coaching
Dave Bassett* – MSc Management
Dan James** – Construction Engineering and Management
Matt Webber (Capt) – Construction Engineering and Management

Richard Lutton – Sport and Exercise Science
Tom Hughes – Materials Engineering
Ian Kench – Geography
Jamie Thompson – Criminology and Social Policy
Pete Smith – Sports Technology
Steve Collins – Maths and Accounting
Chris Pilgrim** – Ergonomics

Tickets for the ‘Real’ Varsity match – priced £5 for adults and £3 for students/concessions – are on sale now, available from all Loughborough University sports facility receptions or by calling 01509 226250 or 01509 226200. The match will take place on the First XV Rugby Pitch, Loughborough University. Gates open at 5.30pm, kick-off at 7pm.

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Notes to editors

  1. Members of the media are welcome at the match. Please contact Hannah Baldwin, Head of PR, Loughborough University, T: 01509 222239, M: 07971 163522, E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk, for further information.

  2. Bath’s team is as follows

    15
    14
    13
    12
    11

    10
    9

    8
    7
    6
    5
    4
    3
    2
    1

    16
    17
    18
    19
    20
    21
    22

    Jack Smales
    Sam Caven
    Gareth Rees
    Barry Kinsella
    John Clarke

    James Gibson
    Rhidian McGuire

    Gary Holmes
    Andy Edwards
    Liam Isaac
    Max Beasley
    Andy Lawrence
    Olly John
    Danny Oselton
    Tim Foister

    Geoff Binding
    Robbie Dugard
    Luke Riordan
    Richard Bignell
    Rob Heane
    Tom Milne
    Jamie Good

    Coach Education and Sports Development
    Foundation Degree in Sport (Sports Performance)
    Mathematics and Physics
    PGCE - English
    Economics

    PCGE - PE
    Coach Education and Sports Development

    Coach Education and Sports Development
    Chemistry
    Architectural Studies
    Sociology
    Biology
    Biochemical Engineering
    Foundation Degree in Sport (Sports Performance)
    Business Administration

    Coach Education and Sports Development
    Coach Education and Sports Performance
    Coach Education and Sports Development
    Sport Coaching and Exercise Science
    Coach Education and Sports Development
    Biology
    Economics


  3. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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