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The two-time Varsity captains

John GriffithsJanuary 4, 2014
The 1913-14 Cambridge University side - John Greenwood is seated far left in the front-row © PA Photos
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How many players have skippered a side twice before in Varsity matches? PB, England

John Carter set a well-publicised record by captaining Oxford for the third time in this last month's match. Sixteen captains, seven for Oxford and nine for Cambridge, had led their side in two Varsity matches before Carter's run.

Arguably the most remarkable record is held by the former England captain John ("Jenny") Greenwood who performed the feat for Cambridge seven years apart (before and after serving in the Great War).

Oxford's double captains:
W O Moberly (1872 & 1873); H Vassall (1881 & 1882); E G Taylor (1927 & 1928); H D B Lorraine (1933 & 1934); M M Cooper (1935 & 1936); R H Phillips (1967 & 1968); T P Enevoldson (1979 & 1980).

Cambridge's double captains:
J M Batten (1873 & 1874); E T Gurdon (1875 & 1876); E B Brutton (1885 & 1886); T W P Storey (1890 & 1891); D R Bedell-Sivright (1901 & 1902); J E Greenwood (1912 & 1919); E Bole (1945 & 1947); A A Stewart (1975 & 1976); M D Bailey (1983 & 1984).

NB: Years refer to those in which the season began (thus 1890 refers to the game in the 1890-91 season). The match has usually taken place in December but there have been occasions when, owing to postponements, it was played in the New Year.

John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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