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Belsize Park racked up more than 60 points for the second game in a row, scoring 10 tries to thump Stevenage Town in Regent’s Park and climb to third place in London North-West Division Three.

Dan Dimoline scored Hampstead's first two tries and kicked three conversions. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead ended Old Haberdashers’ long winning run on Saturday, securing an impressive 26-12 home win and a bonus point as they leapfrogged their visitors and climbed to sixth place in the London North-West Division Two table.

Fly-half Nick Gourlay kicked 14 of UCS Old Boys' 19 points and set up their only try. Pic: Nick Cook

UCS Old Boys bounced back from their humbling against league leaders London Welsh Amateurs by coming from behind to secure a 19-15 home win over Cheshunt, earning a second victory from their opening three games in Herts/Middlesex Division One.

Cian Hynes scored 22 of Hendon's 67 points against Old Isleworthians. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Captain Cian Hynes says Hendon have announced themselves as “the team to beat” this season after another emphatic victory took them to the top of the fledgling Herts/Middlesex Two table.

Olufemi Ajayi (left) scored three second-half tries on his Hampstead debut. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead coach Peter Breen has backed the club’s new winger Olufemi Ajayi to score 30 tries this season after he scored a hat-trick on his debut.

England's Billy Vunipola is treated by medical staff during the World Cup group match against Wales at Twickenham

Saracens and England star Billy Vunipola is “gutted” that his World Cup campaign is over after his injury in Saturday night’s painful defeat to Wales.

Jeremy Burton was Belsize Park's top scorer with 23 points. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Belsize Park captain George Hazlett felt his side produced “almost the perfect game” as they bounced back from their opening-day defeat to thrash Finchley 61-12 in London North-West Division Three.

Chris Towndrow (left) touched down three times for Hendon. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Chris Towndrow scored three of Hendon’s seven tries as they maintained their strong start to the season with another comprehensive victory, beating Mill Hill 49-13 in Herts/Middlesex Division Two.

Ben Parker scored a first-half try but Belsize Park were defeated. Pic: Paolo Minoli

New captain George Hazlett admits an improvement will be necessary if Belsize Park are to repeat last season’s promotion challenge after they lost their opening game in London North-West Division Three to newly-promoted London Nigerian.

Saracens' Owen Farrell in action for England

Saracens’ Owen Farrell is set to be handed a starting spot for England’s crucial World Cup clash against Wales on Saturday night.

Rugby World Cup: Backs can shine for Australia

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Australia's Israel Folau is congratulated after scoring a try against Wales (pic: David Davies/PA)

Wallabies in ‘toughest group’ says UCS Old Boys’ Duke

Hendon's new captain Cian Hynes scored 10 points. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Arwel Roberts and debutant Derry O’Connor scored seven tries between them as Hendon triumphed 50-12 away against Harlequin Amateurs in their Herts/Middlesex Division Two season opener.

Joe Crossman on his way to the try-line for UCS Old Boys. Pic: Nick Cook

UCS Old Boys made a winning start to life in Herts/Middlesex Division One following their second successive relegation, earning a 32-24 home win over Verulamians in an entertaining, see-saw encounter.

Rugby World Cup: What a weekend!

Monday, September 21, 2015
Japan celebrate their historic Rugby World Cup victory over South Africa at the Brighton Community Stadium (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

Japan shock Boks, All Blacks tame Pumas

Saracens Schalk Brits is tackled by Clermont's Mike Delany during a Heineken Cup semi final match at Twickenham, London (pic: David Davies/PA)

Saracens hooker used to English conditions

Italy's Mauro Bergamasco is playing in his fifth World Cup

Former Italy international Marco Rivaro holds little hope for his nation as they kick off their Rugby World Cup campaign against France tonight (Saturday), stating the Azzurri go into the tournament “in the worst condition ever”.

Johnny Sexton will be a key man for Ireland

Hendon Rugby Club’s new captain Cian Hynes believes his Irish compatriots can justify their top-three place in the world rankings by reaching the semi-finals for the first time – and he feels they could go further.

Paul Murphy is the vice-president of Haringey Rhinos

Haringey Rhinos vice-president Paul Murphy will be keeping a keen eye on the referees and taking special interest in any contentious decisions during the Rugby World Cup.

England players pose for a team photo after the welcome ceremony at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

Saracens centre reveals confident camp

England's Sam Burgess (left) and Brad Barritt during the World Cup Warm up match at Twickenham Stadium, London (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

We’re one big group now says Barritt

Newham's St Angela's School choir perform during the Welcome Ceremony for New Zealand's All Blacks at The Tower of London (pic: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for ER2015)

Six-week event to capture the imagination

Belsize Park's new captain George Hazlett. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Belsize Park’s director of rugby Zach Webb hopes the professional quality of coaching at Belsize Park will help to maintain the progress throughout the club.

UCS Old Boys' new captain Matt Jacobs. Pic: Paolo Minoli

UCS Old Boys are in a “rebuilding phase” after their second successive relegation, with a five-year plan to climb two divisions back up the ladder.

Hendon will play one of their league matches at Saracens' Allianz Park this season. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon president David Gershlick is aiming to secure promotion from Herts/Middlesex Division Two after last season’s agonising disappointment – but he admits the Rugby World Cup could be a distraction that undermines the club’s bid for a fast start.

England's Brad Barritt

Saracens’ Brad Barritt says England plan to have the best defence at the World Cup after being named in the starting line-up for the opening game of the tournament tomorrow night (Friday).

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