Former Yorkshire Carnegie player Andy Saull is set to feature for Oxford in the annual Varsity game at Twickenham on Thursday.

Saull retired from the professional game this summer but decided to return to university having previously gained a degree in Financial Economics. He is now studying for a Masters at Oxford University reading Sustainable Urban Development.

Saull joined Yorkshire Carnegie in 2015 on a two year contract from Aviva Premiership side Newcastle Falcons.

He made his debut against Jersey and went on to play a further 18 times and finished as one of the side’s top try scorers with 13 tries. Last season he made a further 15 appearances, 12 of which were in the starting line up with one try against Ealing Trailfinders in January. He made his final appearance in the final game of the regular season against the Trailfinders at Emerald Headingley.

The London born player, is a former England Saxons international, who played over 100 games for Saracens before moving to Newcastle in 2013, where he made 19 Premiership appearances.

He made his Saracens debut in 2007 aged 19, and that year earned a call up to the England Saxons squad. He was a regular in the 2010-11 title winning squad and played in the Premiership final against Leicester Tigers.

He is just one of a host of former professionals taking part in the Varsity game. Oxford include former Doncaster full back Sam Eagerly whilst Newcastle centre Dom Waldouck amongst their replacements. A European Cup winner with Wasps in 2007, Waldouck has been granted 12 weeks away from the Falcons to study a sustainable urban development masters while playing for the university.

Canada international Dan Moor will start at centre, having featured for his country against Maori All Blacks in Vancouver last month. The 27-year-old is currently reading an MBA at Christ Church College.

Former Bristol back Charlie Amesbury leads a Cambridge side looking to emulate their 23-18 victory last year and the Light Blues also included Ollie Phillips in their side – the former Newcastle and Stade Francais wing who was named World Sevens Player of the Year in 2009.

Oxford men: Edgerley; Stileman, Moor, Moorby, David; Kearns (capt), Kershaw; Henry, Elvin, Ball, Fifita, Pozniak, Talotti, Saull, Wilson.

Replacements: Thornton, Miller, Parker, McPherson, Adams, Hogg, Waldouck, Barley.

Cambridge men: Amesbury (capt); O Phillips, Russell, Hennessey, King; M Phillips, Bell; Briggs, Burnett, Dixon, Koster, Hunter, Watson, Leonard, Richardson.

Replacements: Huppatz, Dean, Troughton, Rose, Hammond, Elms, Griffiths, Triniman.