RUGBY UNION: Shaw's set for Army debut on home turf

Dom Shaw pictured during his Oxford days

Dom Shaw pictured during his Oxford days

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DOM Shaw will be on familiar territory when he makes his debut for the Army against Oxford University at Iffley Road.

The former Oxford RFC junior and Magdalen College School pupil has been named in the visiting squad to face the Dark Blues next Wednesday.

And the 26-year-old scrum half, from Stanton St John, hopes a good display will boost his chances of playing in the prestigious Army versus Navy clash at Twickenham.

“I was delighted to be selected,” said Shaw, who is an army captain and dentist based in Herford, Germany.

“It was something that I had in the back of my mind since I joined the Army in October 2012.

“I was really hoping to get my chance.

“I am looking forward to seeing some of my old friends at the match.

“I used to go to school just around the corner, so it will be great to play there.

“But first I have got to work hard to secure a starting spot because they have selected three scrum halves in the squad.”

Shaw earned his call-up after impressing for the British Army Germany in a match against the Army’s A side.

The report on the Army Rugby Union website said: “Dominic Shaw at No 9 should consider clearing out his diary between now and May 3.

“His service is fast and accurate and importantly the coaching entourage believed he could step up a gear.”

Shaw said: “The Army v Navy match on May 3 is something I am really excited about and always used to watch.

“I suspect that it is going to be a game by game approach.

“If I play well, hopefully I will get selected for the next one. There are eight games between now May 3.

“We are also playing Cambridge University, the Bath, Northampton and Worcester A teams and Rosslyn Park.”

Shaw was involved with Wasps academy while at school in Oxford and linked up with fellow Premiership club Newcastle Falcons when studying dentistry in the city.

Here he appeared for England Students and went on to play for National 1 side Tynedale.

And as he joins his Army teammates to train at Aldershot on Sunday, Shaw is eyeing a new highlight.

“Playing at Twickenham is one of the things I really wanted to achieve in my rugby career,” he said.

“I played for England Students while at university, but I missed out on Twickenham as I got injured.”

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