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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Scotland's Sean Maitland has signed for Saracens

Saracens have quickly bolstered their double-winning squad with two signings, having agreed deals to bring Scotland wing Sean Maitland and South Africa prop Vincent Koch to Allianz Park.

Saracens' Alex Goode celebrates after the Aviva Premiership final

Saracens boss Mark McCall believes Alex Goode underlined his status as the Premiership’s best full-back as his crucial try helped the Hendon-based club to complete an historic European and domestic double.

Saracens' Chris Wyles scores his second try in Saturday's Premiership semi-final against Leicester

Saracens are aiming to complete an historic European and domestic double as they gear up for Saturday’s Premiership final at Twickenham.

Saracens players celebrate winning the Champions Cup on Saturday. Pic: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Saracens skipper Brad Barritt says Saturday’s Champions Cup triumph is the culmination of six years of progress, and he admits lifting the trophy was an “overwhelming experience”.

Saracens' Owen Farrell

Saracens’ Owen Farrell says he is aiming to become as calm and controlled as New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter as he prepares to face the two-time World Cup-winner in Saturday’s European final.

Saracens' Jacques Burger leaves the field after being replaced in his last match at Allianz Park

Saracens boss Mark McCall described Jacques Burger as “the toughest and bravest rugby player there is” after the flanker played his final game for the club before retiring.

Hendon's Terry Gilbride scored two tries in Saturday's cup final. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon’s successful end to the season continued at the weekend as they secured two trophies.

Saracens' Chris Ashton

Chris Ashton hopes he will be a European champion at the third attempt after Saracens beat Wasps to secure their place in the final.

UCS Old Boys' director of rugby Geoff Boxer. Pic: Paolo Minoli

UCS Old Boys were defeated 71-30 away against Verulamians in Saturday’s final game of the season, finishing seventh in the standings – but director of rugby Geoff Boxer is optimistic about the future, both on and off the field.

Will Ville shows his disappointment at the final whistle after London Nigerian scored a late winning try to grab the title. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Belsize Park missed out on the league title on Saturday – but captain George Hazlett is delighted with the club’s third promotion in five years and is already eyeing another one next season.

Hampstead's head coach Peter Breen. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead’s players will be hitting the weights this summer as head coach Peter Breen eyes an improvement on the club’s sixth-place finish in London North West Division Two.

Hendon's players pop open the champagne outside their clubhouse. Pic: Paolo Minoli

President David Gershlick has hailed Hendon’s commitment and team spirit after the first team secured promotion on Saturday.

Saracens' director of rugby Mark McCall

Saracens boss Mark McCall says February’s heavy home defeat to Wasps will mean very little when the sides meet again in Saturday’s European semi-final.

The triumphant Hendon team at Saracens' Allianz Park stadium. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon completed their quest for promotion for a fourth straight victory, overcoming some first-half trials to score nine tries against West London at Saracens’ Allianz Park stadium and leave Herts/Middlesex Division Two in style.

Mark Liebling scored three of Belsize Park's 11 tries. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Belsize Park overtook London Nigerian and seized top spot ahead of Saturday’s final-day title showdown in London North West Division Three after thumping Old Actonians 73-3 in their penultimate fixture.

Hendon's Donal O'Sullivan (centre) and Lawrence Moore celebrate Saturday's victory over Haringey Rhinos. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon can secure promotion in the glamorous surroundings of Saracens’ Allianz Park stadium this weekend after coming from behind three times to beat Haringey Rhinos 33-22 and move into the top two in Herts/Middlesex Division Two.

Saracens' Owen Farrell scored with all of his seven kicks at goal on Saturday, contributing 19 points as the hosts came from behind to beat Northampton Saints in the Champions Cup quarter-final. Pic: PA

Saracens boss Mark McCall says his side need to raise their game and be more positive in future knockout ties after they survived a scare in their European quarter-final.

Saracens' Brad Barritt

Brad Barritt is urging his Saracens team-mates to capitalise on their home advantage and maintain their perfect record in this season’s European Champions Cup when they host Northampton in Saturday’s quarter-final.

The Hampstead squad reflect on their late defeat to Tabard after the final whistle. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead head coach Peter Breen hopes his side has finally learned a painful lesson after they lost a lead inside the final three minutes for the fourth time this season.

Man of the match Christian Henk scored a decisive 75th-minute try for UCS Old Boys. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Christian Henk scored a late winning try as UCS Old Boys came from behind to beat London French 25-21 in a see-saw contest and move up to seventh place in Herts/Middlesex Division One.

Jeremy Burton scored two tries and kicked eight conversions for Belsize Park. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Promoted Belsize Park moved within one point of leaders London Nigerian in the London North West Division Three title race after running in nine tries in a 61-10 triumph away at Hitchin.

Toby Ikwueke scored two of Hendon's eight tries. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon are two home wins away from promotion in Herts/Middlesex Division Two after a convincing 55-7 victory away against Thamesians kept their fate in their own hands.

Chris Wyles celebrates his try against Exeter at Allianz Park on Saturday

Chris Wyles was delighted to mark his 200th appearance for Saracens with a try as the Hendon outfit won Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash against Exeter and returned to the Premiership summit.

Saracens' director of rugby Mark McCall

Saracens boss Mark McCall admits the Six Nations has undermined his side’s Premiership title chances after they were replaced at the top of the table on Sunday.

USA head coach Mike Friday issues instructions to the UCS school team at the Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens competition

UCS school in Hampstead were coached by the USA sevens boss, Mike Friday, as they took part in the largest school tournament in the world – the Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens.

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