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The Day I met Tony Abbott at Oxford

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The General Election in Australia is close, maybe one, maybe two, seats in it.

The strangest part of the whole operation is seeing Tony "Abbo" Abott's name up there as the next possible PM for Oz.

Tony came to Queen's College, Oxford in 1981 and played in the Blues XV against Australia (3 Ella Brothers to boot) where we lost 19-11 but were ahead at half time. He played at prop, I think at lose head and must have thought he was destined for a Blue in the Centenary Varsity match but was dropped and took his place on the Bench.

He had an entertaining conversation with Prince Andrew at the dinner afterwards. The prince was making his debut as our guest Speaker.

More famously, Abbo won a Blue in 1982 for Boxing climbing into the ring for the first time in the Heavyweight division and knocking out his opponent to the joy of the 1000 or so present. His win meant Oxford won the event so Abbo's name was sketched in boxing history.  


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