BEN CALVERLEY is at the heart of promoting Huddersfield Giants – from inside Oxford University!
And many more of his fellow students are now likely to take note after his man-of-the-match performance helped the dark blues secure their latest Varsity victory over Cambridge.
The 20-year-old admits he’s proud to be a Giants fan, and was proud to be the star of the show in the annual showdown at Twickenham Stoop between the most famous universities in the world
The goalkicking half-back is in his third year studying a maths degree at Oxford and, after the outstanding achievement of being named the Varsity man-of-the-match in the game, he admitted it was a ‘huge honour’.
Ben’s father, Dave, is the chairman of the Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association and, as an avid Giants fan, the under-graduate tries to gets to as many games as possible.
“When I can’t get to the games I usually get texts at half-time and when tries are scored,” he said.
“I do miss watching the Giants live, but I try to get to as many games as possible.
“I just hope that, in some small way, me getting the man-of-the-match in the Varsity game can help raise awareness of the Giants in the process.
“Picking up the award was a ‘huge honour’, but now it’s a case of getting back down to my studies, although I do hope to carry on playing rugby league.
“I don’t know where my future lies in general. Maybe be a teacher? I just don’t know right now.”
Ben began his rugby career at the age of seven, playing for Underbank before moving on the play union at Rishworth School and Huddersfield RUFC.
He then returned to league with Greenhead College.