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Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity student Max Pepper is part of the 23-player squad selected to face France Universities at Coventry Rugby Club on Saturday 4 May.

Developing talent

England Students, a representative team of players drawn from universities across England, are looking to secure their third consecutive victory in this annual fixture that marks the end of the university rugby season.

The fixture serves as an exciting opportunity for some of the brightest young talent in the university game, drawn from ten different universities, to perform on a representative stage. Among those who have represented England Students in recent years are Olympic 7s silver medallist Dan Bibby, Bristol Bears back row Fitz Harding, Bath Rugby hooker Tom Dunn, and Exeter Chiefs tighthead prop Harry Williams, as well as England Rugby greats such as GB 7s captain Tom Mitchell, and Rugby World Cup winners Josh Lewsey, Will Greenwood and Lawrence Dallaglio.  

A transformative wider student experience

Alongside the outstanding education we offer students, we believe that participating in every aspect of university life is fundamental, and we are committed to sporting excellence, as well as music, theatre, enterprise and volunteering. Our transformative wider student experience helps our students develop team working and leadership capabilities.

We’re consistently ranked within the top three British universities for sport and were named as Sports University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023. Sport is at the core of Durham student life, and a huge range of sporting opportunities is available, from joining college teams to competing at University level and beyond.


We would like to congratulate Max on his selection and wish him good luck on Saturday 4 May.


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