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Conor O'Shea, Harlequins director of rugby (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Harlequins’ Conor O’Shea leaps to Chris Robshaw’s defence amid ‘insulting’ England speculation

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea offered an impassioned defence of Chris Robshaw in reaction to a week of “insulting” speculation over his England future.

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Alex Goode breaks with the ball against Harlequins as Saracens team-mate Will Fraser looks on. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images

Goode backs Saracens team-mate Will Fraser to push his way into England frame ahead of World Cup

Alex Goode believes his Saracens team-mate Will Fraser can push his way into the England frame as the clock ticks down towards next year’s home World Cup.

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Catalin Fercu, Romania. Pic by Tony Marshall/EMPICS

Romanian ace Catalin Fercu signs for Saracens

Saracens have confirmed that Romanian international Catalin Fercu will link up with the club at the end of the month from Timisoara Saracens.

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Conor O'Shea, Harlequins director of rugby (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Harlequins chief says Aviva Premiership clubs need more spending power

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea believes Aviva Premiership clubs have “little alternative” but to ratify a second salary cap increase in two years to keep pace with big-spending French counterparts.

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Tom Loughnan in action for UCS Old Boys. Pic: Nick Cook/UCS Old Boys RFC

UCS Old Boys come from behind to make a winning start against Wasps

UCS Old Boys came from behind in the final 20 minutes to record a 17-9 opening-day victory over London Wasps as they began life in London North-West Division Three.

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Hampstead Ladies' second team talk tactics

Hampstead ladies’ second team fight back from three tries down - and nearly win!

Hampstead ladies’ opening game at Ashford was postponed at the weekend but their second XV hosted Tonbridge and fought back from three tries down to draw 24-24.

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Dan Dimoline (left) in action for Hampstead. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead are well beaten by newly-promoted Harrow in season opener

Hampstead were beaten 54-7 in their opening London North-West Division Two fixture by newly-promoted Harrow, who look set to challenge at the top of this division as well.

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Belsize Park's man of the match Chris Dan. Pic: Kully Khella/Belsize Park RFC

Smith scores debut hat-trick as Belsize Park announce themselves in style

Tristan Smith scored a hat-trick on his debut as Belsize Park announced themselves in their new division in style with an emphatic 41-10 away win.

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Saracens' Charlie Hodgson bearks clear to score a try against Harlequins (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for Aviva)

Harlequins players apologise to fans after rampant Saracens run riot at the Stoop

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea revealed that his players apologised to fans following Friday night’s 39-0 capitulation to Saracens.

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Chris Robshaw, captain of England. Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images

Chris Robshaw unfazed by Will Fraser duel as Harlequins prepare for Saracens clash

Harlequins’ Chris Robshaw will be entering familiar territory on Friday night when the Aviva Premiership offers the stage to see off another pretender to his England jersey.

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Hampstead in action last season. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead’s head coach wants to bring the fun factor back for new campaign

Hampstead’s head coach Peter Breen says his primary aim is to bring the fun factor back to the club and make sure his squad “start enjoying playing rugby again”.

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Belsize Park gear up for the new season with a hard-hitting training session. Pic: Kully Khella

Belsize Park are in uncharted territory after promotion to London leagues

Belsize Park RFC will be hoping to continue scaling the rugby pyramid when they launch their 2014-15 league season this weekend.

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Matt Jacobs in action for UCS Old Boys. Pic: Nick Cook/UCS Old Boys RFC

UCS Old Boys need to ‘develop good habits’ and ‘build for the future’, says chairman

UCS Old Boys chairman Gideon Bard says the club need to “develop good habits” and “build for the future” after last year’s relegation.

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Hendon captain Ger O'Donoghue (centre). Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon RFC target place in top-six promotion battle as league is restructured

Hendon RFC chairman David Gershlick hopes the first team will be competing in the top six in February after Herts/Middlesex Division Two was restructured during the summer.

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Hampstead Ladies' rugby sevens team

Hampstead Ladies hope to build on sevens success in return to league action

Hampstead Ladies are hoping that their success in sevens tournaments during the summer can provide a platform for a strong season as they return to league action.

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Nick Easter of Harlequins is tackled by Tom Fowlie of London Irish  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Harlequins number eight Nick Easter admits London Irish win was ‘lucky’

Harlequins’ Nick Easter conceded that “better teams would have put us away” after his side struggled to a hard-fought victory over London Irish at Twickenham.

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David Strettle of Saracens   (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Saracens’ hat-trick hero David Strettle eyes England World Cup spot

Saracens’ man of the match David Strettle believes he can end his England exile in time to break back into Stuart Lancaster’s 2015 World Cup squad.

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Marland Yarde of Harlequins in action (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Harlequins kick off Premiership season with narrow victory over London Irish at Twickenham

Harlequins kicked off their Aviva Premiership season with a hard-fought 20-15 win over London Irish in an error-ridden game at Twickenham.

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David Strettle crosses the line for Saracens (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Controversial David Strettle try gives Saracens last-gasp win over Wasps in Twickenham thriller

David Strettle’s controversial hat-trick try edged Saracens to a last-gasp 34-28 Aviva Premiership victory over Wasps at Twickenham.

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Saracens player Will Fraser  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Saracens’ coach backs Will Fraser to make England Rugby World Cup squad

Saracens’ uncapped flanker Will Fraser still has time to break into the England squad for Rugby World Cup 2015, according to Paul Gustard.

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Kieran Longbottom of Saracens. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Saracens bow a blast for K-bomb

Prop Kieran Longbottom was delighted to have made his Saracens debut as the Londoners beat Ospreys 39-5 in a pre-season friendly at the HAC in the heart of the city.

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Chris Robshaw (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Former Saracens star Smit claims Robshaw could regret Harlequins decision

Chris Robshaw will lose vital opportunities to “fine-tune” his Rugby World Cup captaincy after stepping down as Harlequins skipper this season, according to John Smit.

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Saracens stars (L-R) Chris Ashton, Owen Farrell, Alistair Hargreaves, Alex Goode and Billy Vunipola in the club's 2014/15 home (black) and away (white) kits

Saracens unveil new Nike kits

Saracens have unveiled the club’s new Nike home and away kits for the 2014-2015 season.

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Charlie Matthews of Harlequins. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Charlie Matthews ready to fill Nick Kennedy’s boots in Quins pack

Harlequins’ summer transfer activity has placed a lot of emphasis on youth and nowhere is that more evident than in the second row where Charlie Matthews is now a senior figure.

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Will Fraser of Saracens. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images

Will Fraser on recovery trail as Saracens beat London Scottish

Will Fraser was delighted to have made his first appearance in nine months as Saracens kicked-off their home pre-season campaign with six tries against Championship neighbours London Scottish.

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Saracens' Mark McCall (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Saracens to begin European campaign against Clermont

Saracens will open their European Rugby Champions Cup campaign by renewing hostilities with Clermont Auvergne, the French side they trounced to reach last term’s Heineken Cup final.

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Football See all

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (right) celebrates with his team-mates (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Wenger full of praise for Ozil and Welbeck after Arsenal beat Aston Villa

Arsene Wenger insisted he never thought of resting Mesut Ozil after the German inspired Arsenal to victory at Aston Villa.

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Conor O'Shea, Harlequins director of rugby (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Harlequins’ Conor O’Shea leaps to Chris Robshaw’s defence amid ‘insulting’ England speculation

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea offered an impassioned defence of Chris Robshaw in reaction to a week of “insulting” speculation over his England future.

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Cricket See all

Gareth Berg, Middlesex.

Middlesex may look to recruit all-rounder for next season

Middlesex are set to make the all-rounder’s position their top priority when they begin reshaping the squad for next season.

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Athletics See all

Great Britain's Mo Farah celebrates with his gold medal after winning the men's 10,000m final at the European Championships (pic: Adam Davy/PA)

Beagle Farah lands Euro gold

Olympic and world champion adds another title

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Will Naylor (centre) wheels away after scoring the winning goal, while Oliver Didham (left) celebrates. Pic: Mark Clews

Hampstead & Westminster strike twice in final four minutes to shock Wimbledon

Hampstead and Westminster seized victory from the jaws of defeat as they started their 14th consecutive season in the NOW:Pensions Premier League with a last-gasp 2-1 home win over London rivals Wimbledon.

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