"Very excited" - Premiership Legend Tom Varndell signs with Quins - Ruck

“Very excited” – Premiership Legend Tom Varndell signs with Quins

Back from retirement, Tom Varndell isn’t quite ready to hang up his boots just yet after signing with Oxford Harlequins in a dual role as head of community at the club.

The former England star made 180 appearances in the Premiership including 82 for Leicester Tigers, 88 for Wasps and most recently 10 appearances for Bristol Bears. 

Stu Wells, Director of Rugby ins revealed: “We will work on events together, such as the Oxford 7s and the Lord Mayor’s Festival of Rugby to make them bigger and better so that they become landmark events in Oxford.

“And of course, we’re very excited about the prospect of Tom pulling on an Oxford Quins shirt next season!”

Marcus Boswell, Student Sport Manager, for Oxford Brookes University added: “To secure someone of Tom’s calibre, as a coach and a mentor, is of great excitement for both our current and prospective students at the university who are looking to play rugby union.

“It goes without saying that the relationship between Oxford Brookes and Oxford Quins continues to go from strength to strength, and this announcement is another indication of that.

“We will continue to work hard in all areas of our sporting delivery and wider area of activity together and reap the successes both on and off the pitch for our student-athletes.”

7 rugby legends you didn’t realise were still playing…

Did we miss anybody particularly noteworthy? Make sure you let us know in the comments below. 

#1. Phil Vickery (England)

  • Age: 46
  • Total caps:78
  • Last appearance: vs New Zealand (June 2014)

The World Cup-winning tighthead has played in four or five charity games this season and doesn’t appear to have lost a step.

He retired with 73 England caps and five Test appearances for the Lions, three of them against Australia in 2001 and two versus the Springboks in 2009.Advertisement

Although he missed the 2003 Grand Slam campaign through injury, Vickery returned to play a key role in England’s World Cup triumph in Australia.


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