OXFORD University’s new skipper Ed David is hoping to call on a few words of wisdom from his predecessors.

The winger was elected to take over from Dom Waldouck last week, with the Dark Blues beginning life under his captaincy in a 14-12 win at Bristol University last night.

David will not feature in an Oxford jersey again until September due to a dislocated shoulder – an injury which ruled him out of last month’s Varsity Match victory.

But the 23-year-old will be watching closely as he begins to plan for this year’s showdown with Cambridge University at Twickenham.

A three-time Blue, David scored a try in the 2016 defeat and has plenty of experience under his belt.

But he also has the benefit of working under four previous captains in George Messum, Fergus Taylor, Conor Kearns and Waldouck.

David said: “I had to pinch myself a little bit the following morning (after the election).

“I have a lot of respect for my club friends who have done the role before and it’s a huge honour.

“I’m hoping to ask for their advice, but we’ll see in time, that’s the plan anyway.

“It’s good for me to have that support network to draw from.

“I think Dom was instrumental to the way we played last year and he ripped up the rule book a little bit.

“We played a more intelligent brand of rugby than we’ve done before and we’ll look to continue that.”

David is a fifth year clinical medicine student at St Hilda’s College and December’s Varsity Match will be his last.

He added: “I want to end on a high.

"It’s a cruel thing the Varsity Match – it’s all or nothing.

"It’s a high pressure situation and you have to play well in that game.”