Pumped up and raring to go, Oxford University is ready to do battle with arch rivals Cambridge in today’s annual Varsity rugby matches.
Their defensive performance that day almost had their coach, the 2014 England World Cup winning coach Gary Street, in tears, but this time round he is hoping to show the other side of his side’s game.
Kearns has, however, resisted the temptation to partner Moor with current Newcastle Falcons centre Dom Waldouck.
“To win last year was incredible, but it was made all the better by the fact that a year earlier we had stood on the same pitch at the end of the game having conceded eight tries and been beaten 52-0,” said Behan, who will lead the side from No 8.
The Irishman, one of six former Blues in the starting XV, has been able to include Canadian international Dan Moor at centre.
Squads were announced last month and Oxford men’s skipper Conor Kearns is hoping to lead his side back to winning ways after a record run of six successive victories before last year’s 23-18 defeat.
The teams will fight for glory at Twickenham, with the 31st women’s match kicking off at 11.30am and the men’s 136th contest at 3pm.