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Fri, 10:26

Saracens’ Owen Farrell will reach a milestone for England after being selected to face Italy at Twickenham in the Six Nations – and there’s good news for another Saracens star.

Hampstead Ladies battled to a 19-10 victory over Hammersmith & Fulham in the Women’s Conference South East Two.

A trio of Saracens stars will be given the chance to prove themselves after being selected to start for England Ladies when they take on Italy in the Six Nations.

UCSOB found this week very different to their superb 28-15 success at London Welsh Druids seven days earlier.

Saracens will have a trio of representatives as a much-changed England U20s look to continue their perfect start to the Six Nations.

Reigning champions Saracens suffered a second successive defeat after a 31-23 loss to Gloucester – and with it the increasing likelihood of an away semi-final in May.

Dan Dumoline was left frustrated as injuries and a slow start left Hampstead licking their wounds in a 16-11 defeat at Harpenden.

A final flourish from Hampstead came too late to prevent a 16-11 defeat at Harpenden – a result which could spell the end of their promotion hopes.

Saracens and England have been handed a boost after Mako Vunipola was declared fit to return from injury.

Hampstead Rugby Club’s director of rugby Peter Breen is playing down talk of the title or promotion despite a 41-3 home win over London Nigerian.

An uncharacteristic display of ill discipline meant that Saracens were handed only their third defeat of the season at Worcester on Saturday and are now playing catch up with Wasps at the top of the Aviva Premiership.

UCSOB’s battle to avoid the drop from Herts Middlesex One took another step forward – with a 28-15 victory at London Welsh Druids.

Saracens will be well represented this weekend when England face Wales in round two of the Six Nations.

Saracens edged a step closer to defending their Anglo-Welsh Cup crown following their bonus-point 29-20 victory over Leicester Tigers at Allianz Park on Sunday – and the same two sides will face each other on the same field in next month’s semi-finals.

Head coach Peter Breen says Hampstead now have little margin for error in the title race after losing against promotion rivals HAC – but he believes there could still be a number of twists and turns in the remaining seven games.

The Anglo-Welsh Cup is a competition where clubs’ rising stars are born and should therefore be hailed as one of the most significant in the domestic rugby calendar.

UCS Old Boys have moved off the bottom and out of the drop zone in Herts/Middlesex Division One after beating Wasps 22-16 and leapfrogging their relegation rivals in a crucial clash on Saturday.

Alex Lozowski says Saracens have given themselves the best possible chance of retaining their Champions Cup trophy – and he feels the holders’ 15-match unbeaten run in Europe will give them a psychological edge in the last eight.

Saracens are one step closer to defending their European crown after progressing into the quarter-finals following their thrilling 10-3 victory over French giants Toulon at Allianz Park on Saturday.

Saracens’ forwards and defence coach Alex Sanderson fears a pre-match promise could now prove costly after the Hendon-based club completed the double over Toulon in their final European pool match.

Head coach Peter Breen says there is a growing feeling at Hampstead that the club can win the league and secure promotion after Saturday’s results took them to the top of the table.

Draws are relatively rare in rugby so it is certainly unusual that Saracens have now had two in a row – but the character and resolve they have displayed in both matches has been entirely familiar.

Dave Francis scored a second-half hat-trick as Hendon triumphed 29-15 away against mid-table rivals Saracens Amateurs, banking a bonus point and moving 11 points clear of the Herts/Middlesex Division One relegation zone.

Saracens’ Richard Wigglesworth fears it is only a matter of time before an accidental sending-off defines a crucial game following the tougher sanctions introduced by World Rugby surrounding high tackles.

Hampstead head coach Peter Breen says the courage, leadership and loyalty of captain Andy McEwen has been a central part of Hampstead’s turnaround in the last two and half years.

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