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Date & Time

Sunday 4th July

General information

For further information or if you have any enquiries, please contact the Development Office on 01223 338700 or at

You can also visit the Varsity Matches website directly for further announcements at

Varsity Match 2021

We’re delighted to announce that a new date for the annual ‘Battle of the Blues’ has been set. The captains of both universities have agreed to take their games from Twickenham to the Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium in Leicester on Sunday 4 July 2021.

For the first time ever, the Varsity Matches will take place at a weekend and, therefore, this will be the perfect time to meet up with friends or bring the family for a day of amateur rugby.

The new summer date is aligned with the RFU’s current Return to Rugby plan and will give the students sufficient training and playing time in the build-up to the Varsity Matches.

Register here (link will become available from 10 May)

Event details

Tickets: All sales will be handled directly by the Leicester ticket office. Tickets for alumni and their guests can be purchased at a discounted rate of £36.

Booking: To make use of your alumni discount, please make sure you book your tickets via the link below.

Deadline: Discounted tickets for alumni and their guests will be on sale from 10 May and will remain reserved for Johnians until 28 May. After that date full rate tickets can be purchased via the Leicester website directly.

Gathering area: Due to the current restrictions, this year the development office is unable to host lunch for Johnians as in previous years. Nonetheless, there will be a special gathering area where alumni from all colleges can meet, as well as a bar space and food outlets.

Parking: Available from £10 per car and booked with the ticket.