Oxford Cavalier prop Chris Blackstone was a standout player for the Oxford Cavaliers in their successful 2006 season, so Oxford Cavaliers are delighted to confirm he has re-signed for the coming season. This signing could not have come at a better time for the Oxford Cavaliers, with a huge game just over a month away. Chris is expected to be one of the players selected to travel to Halifax to take on a Halifax Select team for the Stan Hardy trophy in front of an anticipated 500 strong crowd.
Chris Blackstone was clear on his reasons for playing in the coming season, "Rugby league is like no other game on Earth. It is constant fast moving action and there has not been on game, win or lose, that was not a strong hard battle". The success of the previous season has also encouraged him to look forward to the coming season, "It seemed everyone wrote off the Cavaliers last season, but we came a strong fifth ahead of well established teams like Bristol, Coventry Bears and Redditch".
The Cav's first game this season will be in the inaugural Stan Hardy trophy, formerly the Cancer Research Charity Trophy. That game is expected to one of the biggest in the history of the Oxford Cavaliers with appearances anticipated from International players and entire local rugby league clubs turning out to see what Oxfordshire rugby league has to offer. The Oxford Cavaliers will be travelling to Halifax to take on the Halifax Barmy Army. Barmy though they are, they are not to be taken lightly – with a pack that averages almost eighteen stone a man, Chris could be in for a hard game.
"It will be tough, but if I was scared of tough games, I would not be playing rugby league. It is going to be a tremendous occasion, an all day event and it is expected to raise a fortune for cancer research. It is just great to have the chance to be involved."
Team mate Mark Baker was pleased with Chris's registration, "Chris is a tremendous player, with superb strength and an exceptional work rate. Just the sort of player you want alongside you in the game"