Trinity PhD captains women’s rugby team to victory

Nikki Weckman, Trinity PhD researcher in engineering, captained the Cambridge University Women’s Rugby Team to victory at their Twickenham debut today.

Nikki Weckman
Photo by Sian Gardner

The CURUFC Women beat Oxford 52-0, with Lucy Cavendish student Alice Middleton easily player of the match.

Nikki, from Toronto, said the team had been ‘absolutely incredible.’ Interviewed by Varsity immediately after the match, she said:

It’s an incredible feeling. The girls have worked so hard all season, they have worked their heart and souls in the fitness, in the training sessions, so to come out with a victory is just such a good feeling.

The 29th Women’s Varsity match, which started at 11.30am on 10 December, just before the 134th men’s match, was played at Twickenham for the first time.

For the last 27 years, the women’s match alternated between Oxford’s Iffley Road and Cambridge’s Grange Road stadiums. At Grange Road in March this year, Cambridge beat Oxford 47-0.

Playing at Twickenham was ‘immensely important’, said Nikki.

It really puts women’s rugby on a much bigger, much more visible platform for people who are interested in the sport, or who want to try out women’s rugby.

Nikki began playing rugby at St Mary’s High School and Waterloo County Rugby Club, in Ontario, prior to which she played ice hockey.

With a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from McGill, Nikki is completing her PhD at Cambridge, developing biosensors to help diagnose disease early on and monitor the progress of treatment.

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