A president and a captain of Cambridge University ARLFC will be wearing the dark blue of Oxford after being signed by Championship One side Oxford Rugby League.
Cambridge old boys Andy Winfield and Ed Hayles have both signed for the professional club for the upcoming season, due to start days before the 2014 Pcubed Rugby League Varsity Match on 6 March.
Winfield, 22, began playing rugby league in 2010 while studying physics at St John’s College and played in three Varsity matches. In 2013 he was President of the light blues and was selected for South East England Students. Now teaching in Birmingham, he has represented GB Teachers.
Winfield joins Oxford Rugby League after its successful first year. On signing, he said "I'm really excited to be joining Oxford RL. I followed the progress of the club closely last year and I'm looking forward to helping the club build upon what was a very promising first season."
Winfield is joined by fellow Cambridge Blue, 30-year-old backrow Ed Hayles. Hayles, who has represented Elmbridge Eagles, Realmont, Lescure-Arthes and Gloucester Warriors, appeared on Sky Sports after giving up a successful career as a City stockbroker to play professional rugby league in the south of France.
Halyes studied history at Queens' College and played in two Varsity Matches, losing out on a third whilst captain due to injury. He said “I’m looking forward to running out at the historic Iffley Road ground, but I have to admit it will be strange to be wearing dark blue – even if it’s not Oxford University!”
Mark Ramsdale, organiser of the Varsity Match, a Vice-President of the Cambridge University club, and board director at Oxford Rugby League summarised “both clubs have produced professional and representative rugby league players and it’s great to see another two Oxbridge graduates playing rugby league in the professional ranks; let’s hope there’s more to come.”