Cambridge v 1stXV, Sat Dec 10 2016, 14:00, Match Preview
This Saturday sees Ampthill travel to Volac Park for the first of two ‘local’ derbies against Cambridge followed a week later by the second, the visit of Old Albanians.
Cambridge RUFC was formed in 1923 and was settled in its current ground by the 1950s. In 1993 the Club acquired the lease on its existing three pitches and tbought adjoining land for a further three pitches. Floodlights were added to one of these pitches in 2003 so that evening games might be played and the light available for training was improved beyond recognition.
The club entered the league structure in 1988 and by 1991 was playing in London 3 North East where they remained until for 5 years until promoted to London 2 North. In 1999/2000 the Cambridge were playing in London 1 but were relegated in 2001/02 Season. However, the club’s desire for higher level rugby saw a rebuilt side finish second to London Scottish and win an play-off to win promotion back to London 1 followed by another promotion to National 3 South followed which itself was immediately followed by promotion to National 2 under player-coach, James Shanahan.
In seasons 2006/7 and 2007/8 strong home form saw 9th and 6th place finishes respectively, however the next season saw the club finish 2nd missing out on promotion by just 3 pts.
Mini and Youth Rugby was started at Cambridge in January 1975, the first club in the Eastern Counties to take up this new and exciting challenge. Two recent Club Chairmen and a Club President have come from the ranks of the Mini & Youth parents.
Off the field, 2005 saw a brand new clubhouse rise above the old to accommodate our growing support and rising sponsorship; two years on and a 200 seat grandstand was added to the front of the clubhouse to give one of the most attractive rugby venues in the National Leagues.
Last week Ampthill’s hard fought 24-22 win over Plymouth Albion was the proverbial game of two halves with an out of sorts home side trailing 6-22 at half time before scoring 18 unanswered points in the second to put an end to the visitors 5 game winning run.
There are a number of changes to the squad this week:-
Forwards:- Matt Collins and Loti Molitika rotate from the bench to start at tight head and blind side respectively.
Backs:- Orisi Nawakaliva makes his first start for the 1stXV at outside centre.
Replacements:- James Fish returns while Ross Davies, Matthew Burke & Sam Hanks rotate.