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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.