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Which Cambridge colleges would these Six Nations icons have gone to?

Here’s me trying to allocate these rugby lads’ colleges…


As the third round of the six nations approaches, it seems appropriate, almost obligatory, to forget the essay deadlines, grab a pint of Guinness and watch 30 men violently plough into one another.

But what if these lads and ex-six nations icons had gone to Cam? Would ex-Wales Captain Sam Warburton have kept his red jersey and been a St John’s ‘Redboy’, or would he have traded it in for the pink of St Catz/Homerton? What about English legend Johnny Wilkinson, would he be able to win Cuppers for his college, like he won the World Cup for England? 

Owen Farrell: King’s

He’s like marmite, you either love him or hate him (being a Welsh fan myself, my views are pretty obvious). The Northern Inside centre/ fly-half, whose charity work made one of his illegal tackles passable, is arguably the golden boy of English rugby, and King’s is Cambridge’s poster-boy college. ‘Faz’ (the English rugby captain and King) is the protagonist on the field at Twickenham, just like Kings’ is in the Cam world. 

Sam Warburton: Christ’s 

Being the ex-Wales and Lions Captain, Sam Warburton is undoubtedly one of the hardest workers in Six Nations history, making him perfect for Christ’s. He’s sensible, a born leader, and would definitely top Tripos with his on-pitch knowledge. Christ’s students are diligent, and dedicated, consistently putting their college on top of the Tompkins table, making Warburton a good fit. Let’s just say he’d rather spend his time studying the rules of the game than stood outside Gardies with a kebab at 3am. 

Finn Russell: St John’s 

St John’s College (Image credits: Freya John)

Top tip: if you want a night of chaos, drinking and general upheaval, head to a St John’s ent. Finn Russell would fare well at John’s, known for both his mercurial skills on the pitch, as well as his tendency to enjoy a pint or two off the field. He was even dropped by Scotland in 2020 due to his drinking habits. The Scottish fly-half would be a perfect match for John’s students, who choose VKs and the ‘Lolacoaster’ instead of actually doing work.