BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

24 September 2014
OxfordOxford

BBC Homepage
England
»BBC Local
Oxford
Things to do
People & Places
Nature
History
Religion & Ethics
Arts and Culture
BBC Introducing
TV & Radio

Sites near Oxford

Beds Herts Bucks
Berkshire
Coventry
Gloucestershire
Northampton
Wiltshire

Related BBC Sites

England
 

Contact Us

General Sport

Joe Roff
Joe Roff

Joe Roff: Australian international turns Oxonian

He's swapped caps for a mortar board. Australian international Joe Roff played with his new team, Oxford University, for the first time on Tuesday 3 October against Newbury Second XV. We have the exclusive interview.

Newbury Second XV against Oxford University wouldn't necessarily be the most exciting of fixtures. 

But on Tuesday 3 October at Monks Lane, there was more interest than usual in the match, thanks to the presence of a new Oxford student. 

Joe Roff
Joe Roff - Wallabies v Scotland

A certain Joe Roff, with 76 caps for Australia and two World Cup finals already on his CV, has just started a two-year post-graduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. 

Last night was the first chance to see Roff playing for the Dark Blues in England.

Newbury beat the students 39-16.  After the game, our rugby reporter, Graham McKechnie, spoke to the great Australian…

audio LISTEN: Joe Roff (5:21 mins) >
Audio and Video links on this page require Realplayer

Excerpts from the interview:

"It's certainly a smaller crowd but it was a lot of fun out there, the enthusiasm of the students is fantastic and it's really rubbing off on me and I'm really enjoying playing with them.

"It's difficult because you start a season where everyone in the team comes together for the first time and you've only a short time, three months, to work towards the biggest game of the year which is the Varsity match, so we're sorting out a few combinations at the moment and we're still a long way off but we're having a lot of fun out there tonight."

Joe Roff
Joe Roff - Brumbies v Crusaders

"It was always something that I wanted to do, I certainly wanted to set up a foundation for post-rugby and I can't think of a better place to do it than at Oxford. To ween myself off rugby and still enjoy it but then hopefully pick up a good degree at Oxford University will hopefully set the foundation for post-rugby life which unfortunately has to come to all of us at some stage.

"I desperately want to be part of a winning Oxford side.

"I'm definitely able to enjoy it. I think that the guys in the team really have the balance between their commitment to rugby and other aspects of their lives. There's some talented guys in our squad, they could go on to play professionally if that's what they choose to do.

"Certainly it is not as professional as teams that I've been a part of but that's part of what's positive about playing for Oxford University."

last updated: 04/10/06
SEE ALSO
home
HOME
email
EMAIL
print
PRINT
Go to the top of the page
TOP
SITE CONTENTS
SEE ALSO

Oxford United commentary live and on-demand

Oxford United commentary live and on-demand




About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy