OXFORD Harlequins have made stalwarts Paul de Lange and John Waters life vice presidents.

Two of their longest serving members were bestowed with the titles at the club’s annual general meeting.

De Lange is one of the first Quins players from the formation of the team following the merger of Oxford Marathons and Oxford Old Boys in 1996.

The front-row forward was still lacing up his boots as recently as last season and featured in the Oxfordshire Cup semi-final against Chinnor.

De Lange has also played an influential role in Quins’ mini and junior section, which boasts more than 450 youngsters.

Waters has held a number of different roles at Quins and for the Old Boys.

He has recently been treasurer and was instrumental in the development of the facilities at Horspath Road, where the club moved to last summer from Marston Ferry Road.

Quins chairman Neil Hopper was full of praise for the duo.

He said: “Both John and Paul are stalwarts of the club.

“It is only right that we recognise the outstanding contribution they have both made over the years.”

Meanwhile, Chinnor are starting an under 12/13 girls team.

The club are holding an informal non-contact training session on Saturday, July 13 from 10am to midday for prospective players.

To register an interest, contact Rebecca Wood via girls@chinnor-rfc.com.

Elsewhere, former Wales captain Sam Warburton is a guest speaker at next month’s Oxford Festival of the Arts.

The 30-year-old, who retired from rugby last year, will talk about his career at Magdalen College School on Wednesday, July 3 from 8pm.

Warburton won 74 Wales caps and also skippered the British and Irish Lions.

Tickets can be bought from artsfestivaloxford.org and cost £10 each.