Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Scott Annett vying for Varsity success

Unlucky charm: Scott Annett is yet to win with Cambridge

Scott Annett, the older brother of Ulster hooker, Niall, will be winning his fourth Blue for Cambridge in this afternoon's 132nd Varsity match against Oxford at Twickenham (2pm).

Remarkably, the elder Annett sibling – he is 28 – has yet to finish on the winning side and with Oxford aiming for a record-equalling fourth successive win, the former Methodist College lock knows he will have his work cut out if he is to avoid another bitterly disappointing afternoon.

Annett played for the World Universities Barbarians against Sydney University as the curtain-raiser to the 2013 Lions third Test at Stadium Australia. He lost that one, too.

Cambridge's replacements include former Down High School hooker Patrick Calvert. The only other Irish player in the match-day 46 is also a Light Blue – former Midleton College pupil Charlie O'Sullivan.

Cambridge head coach Andy Key said: "We don't have a winning Blue in our squad at the moment, so it's important we learn from the guys who lost and the pain that they went through.

"I've coached around a lot of countries and people talk about the Varsity Match everywhere – it's still well known and very much a part of the annual rugby calendar.

"We need to make sure by the time we get to the game this team is ready and knows what it needs to do."

With live television coverage, today's Varsity match once again will have a global audience.

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