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RUGBY UNION: Blues pipped by Biarritz
OXFORD University opened their pre-season tour with a 24-21 defeat to Biarritz A at Naffaroa RFC.
The Dark Blues, who are spending two weeks in France to prepare for their Varsity campaign, lost flanker Gus Jones (hip) and prop Hamish Macdonald (shoulder) to injury inside 13 minutes.
But the students took the lead when lock Will Rowlands crashed over from close range and full back Jon Hudson converted.
Biarritz hit back with two tries and one conversion to make it 12-7.
However, Oxford captain John Carter finished off a flowing move that began in their own half for their second try, with Hudson again converting.
Biarritz scored drove over for a converted try just before half-time.
The hosts managed a fourth try soon after the break, but Oxford finished the match strongly.
Sam Egerton crossed for their third try, converted by Hudson, but Biarritz just held on.
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