A black American has been included for the first time in the Oxford University Rugby Union team to meet cambridge University at Twickenham on 10 December.
GV Burse training and kicking ball on pitch
GV PAN Members of team practicing in scrum; ball is thrown to Burse who runs and scores try
MV Lineout, ball is thrown to Burse, passed to Burse who scores try
CU Burse speaking and speaks over film of practice session (5 shots)
BURSE: "Now I'm playing rugby without the football gear on, at times I am a little bit afraid, y'know, a little bit scared of going into a tackle, or actually running into a man, because I feel that if I do I may injure myself. And I think rugby is a lot freer sport here. You're more open and you're drawn into a lot of different things, and as far as being afraid to be tackled in rugby, I sort of look upon it in a different light. To be tackled in rugby is, say, not as hard as being tackled in American football because the guys, when they tackle you in American football, they come into you with a lot of power, whereas in rugby it's to smother the ball and it's not as hard."
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Burse explained how he felt about his selection on film. A transcript follows:
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Background: A black American has been included for the first time in the Oxford University Rugby Union team to meet cambridge University at Twickenham on 10 December.
Ray Burse, aged 23, from Kentucky won selection after a successful debut for Oxford against Gloucester last Saturday (30 November) when he scored a try and made another.
This was Ray Burse's first top-class match and he did much to help the Oxford team to victory, 21-13. Burse's Blue (University cap) will be gained against Cambridge on the left wing.
He is, by nature, an athlete and ball player. Already he has represented the University in athletics and basketball. He is in his second year at Oxford University, studying for a degree in organic chemistry. It remains to be seen whether he will be the catalyst of an Oxford victory against Cambridge.