Posted by: fiore | September 26, 2008

Clever boys

Former Allblack Captain Anton Oliver

Former Allblack Captain Anton Oliver

Following the steps of former Allblacks captain Anton Oliver, another high-profile name takes up an Oxbridge place: Dan Vickerman, who won 52 caps for Australia, is due to land in Cambridge early next month.

While Oliver is already attending to a one-year postgraduate course in biodiversity and conservation at Oxford, the Wallaby is taking up a three-year economic course in Cambridge.

Oliver, 32, has been accepted to study for an MSc in Biodiversity, Environment and Management and intends to play only for the university.”I feel very privileged to have been accepted into Oxford University, one of the world’s premier learning institutions,” said Oliver, “I see my time at Oxford as a clear demarcation in my life, leaving behind a life as a professional sportsperson for one of academic rigour and thought.

“The chance to play in the Varsity match – which is clearly a unique event in rugby union – is also very exciting and I see it as a natural way for me to finish my playing career. I first played representative rugby for Otago in 1994 when the game was still amateur and now to come back to the amateur game after all that I have experienced and learned is a lovely example of the full circle metaphor: I’m finishing back where I started.”

Confirmation that Dan Vickerman, is to take up a place at Cambridge might help

Wallaby Dan Vickerman

Wallaby Dan Vickerman

organisers of the University Match to find a sponsor to replace Lehman Brothers, the bankrupt bank.

The decision of Vickerman, 29, might start a trend of a seasoned professional players studying later in adult life than the normal student.

“He’s coming to study and has had to satisfy the academic standards. The rugby will be second,” said Ian Minto, the director of rugby at Cambridge. That statement has been backed up by Oliver. In a recent interview in New Zealand, he said that professional rugby had lost all meaning to him and that, if he had continued to play for Toulon, it would be only to earn an “obscene amount of money.”

Vickerman has been also linked to a possible professional contract in the Guinness Premiership. However, he seems to have put those thoughts behind him. “It was an opportunity to broaden my horizons and get a first-class education,” he said.

The two former internationals will be facing each other on Thursday 11th December, at Twickenham.
Kick off: 14.00

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  1. […] fiore wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptFollowing the steps of former Allblacks captain Anton Oliver, another high-profile name takes up an Oxbridge place: Dan Vickerman, who won 52 caps for Australia, is due to land in Cambridge early next month. b…/b […]

  2. […] Thanks to Fiore, I can now prove my point once more (not that I needed to prove anything, but there you go anyway): former All Blacks captain Anton Oliver and Wallabies’ Dan Vickerman are going to uni. […]


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