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St Mary’s University RFC: A club on the rise

It’s reaching crunch time in the university rugby season. The St Mary’s University men’s first team have enjoyed an unprecedented run of success so far this season. They are one of just two teams in the top three BUCS divisions to remain unbeaten all season.

This comes following the recent formation of Simmies’ five-year partnership with Old Elthamians RFC, which has seen the local club offer scholarships and coaching to the university’s best rugby talent this season. Unsurprisingly, this has raised the overall standard of rugby at St Mary’s who are currently sitting top of the BUCS South B division.

St Mary’s latest result saw them defeat Cardiff Metropolitan University 36-12 in the last 16 of the BUCS Trophy. They are now preparing for a league clash against Portsmouth, before critical back-to-back matches in the league and cup against title rivals Exeter University RFC.

We checked in with the team and club captain George Dean ahead of the final run-in:

Benjamin Lang
Ben, 21, is the Sports Gazette’s resident Welshman. He arrives at St Mary’s University after graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in English Literature. During his time in the South-West, he was heavily involved in student media and was most recently Station Manager of the university’s radio station, Xpression FM. He developed a fondness for Exeter City over his three years as an undergraduate, which culminated with him working as a Match Day Media Assistant for the club during his final year. Ben’s first love is football and is a long-term season ticket holder at Swansea City. He also takes a keen interest in tennis and cricket, with a growing attraction to golf and athletics.
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