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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hampstead Ladies have kept themselves busy through the ‘off season’ by participating in a series of sevens tournaments – including fielding two full squads in the popular Summer Social competition in Richmond.

Hampstead Ladies rugby started and finished the race as a team. Top row L-R: Micha Palmer, Anita Oliver, Rachel Grovenor, Kella Kapnisi, Lilly Hunt, Irene Leardini and Delphine Tsirane. Bottom row L-R: Rachel Berry, Alex Bowtell, Kirsty Morgan, Jessica Searle, Harriet Orrell and Helena Messiter-Tooze

Hampstead Ladies have teamed up to raise more than £1,000 for charity by completing a gruelling 5k obstacle course around Saracens’ stadium in Hendon.

David Strettle (left) and Richard Wigglesworth celebrate with the trophy after winning the Premiership title at Twickenham

David Strettle won the Premiership title with Saracens on Saturday – and promptly announced he was leaving for Clermont Auvergne, ending any lingering hopes of playing for England in this year’s home World Cup.

Saracens' Jamie George breaks away to score the Hendon club's second try during the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham

Jamie George admits he has endured a “pretty manic, pretty crazy” fortnight after replacing Dylan Hartley in England’s World Cup training squad, having initially missed the cut.

Saracens' Maro Itoje in action against Northampton Saints in the Premiership semi-final

Saracens’ Maro Itoje is savouring a “surreal” 12 months and the best year of his life after winning the Premiership title and being selected in England’s World Cup training squad.

Saracens' Jamie George touched down in the victory at Northampton in Saturday's Premiership semi-final

Jamie George says Saturday’s victory in the Premiership semi-final at Northampton was “a real statement of intent” as Saracens prepare for this weekend’s final at Twickenham.

Saracens'  Chris Wyles has scored two tries in each of this season's games against Northampton Saints, but he has been on the losing side on both occasions

Chris Wyles admits Saracens face a huge challenge as they travel to face the Premiership’s top team Northampton Saints in Saturday’s play-off semi-final.

Saracens hope Billy Vunipola (centre) will be fit to return against London Welsh

Saracens travel to London Welsh on Saturday for the final match of the regular Premiership season – and they must defeat the relegated side to maintain their hopes of reaching the play-offs.

Saracens captain Alistair Hargreaves

Saracens captain Alistair Hargreaves has issued a rallying cry to fans ahead of Sunday’s “do or die” Premiership showdown with Exeter Chiefs at Allianz Park on Sunday.

Saracens' Mako Vunipola

The Vunipola bothers, Mako and Billy, have become the latest players to commit their futures to Saracens, with the England international duo signing new contracts.

Hampstead Ladies' second team

Hampstead Ladies’ second team were runners-up in the Griffin Cup at the weekend after being defeated by Teddington at Finchley RFC.

Saracens' Owen Farrell has signed a new contract

Owen Farrell has signed a long-term contract extension at Saracens.

Saracens' Brad Barritt

Saracens have been dealt a timely boost ahead of Saturday’s European Champions Cup semi-final, with England centre Brad Barritt back in action after a five-week lay-off.

Hendon captain Ger O'Donoghue. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon put in their best performance of the season to win at Watford on Saturday, but they were denied promotion from Herts/Middlesex Division Two as their rivals London French triumphed away against the champions.

Belsize Park's third team celebrate their latest promotion. Pic: davidwphotos.co.uk

Belsize Park finished their season on a high with a home win over fourth-placed Grasshoppers, but it was not enough to grab the second promotion spot in London North-West Division Three.

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

UCS Old Boys have suffered a second successive relegation after a 50-0 defeat in their London North-West Division Three relegation decider against Wasps.

Hendon captain Ger O'Donoghue. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon captain Ger O’Donoghue says the final day of the Herts/Middlesex Division Two promotion battle is similarly enthralling to the dramatic climax of the Six Nations.

UCS Old Boys captain Dave O'Dwyer. Pic: Paolo Minoli

UCS Old Boys captain Dave O’Dwyer is calling on his side to repeat their performance in 2013’s relegation decider when they face Wasps in Saturday’s London North-West Division Three showdown.

Belsize Park's Richard Wilson. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Stand-in captain Richard Wilson admits there is a “99 per cent chance” Belsize Park will miss out on promotion in London North-West Division Three this weekend, so he says the emphasis will be on just enjoying the final game.

Marcelo Bosch (centre) celebrates his winning 45m kick against Racing Metro in Paris with Rhys Gill (left) and Charlie Hodgson

Marcelo Bosch says he imagined he was on the beach as he kicked Saracens into the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup with his last-minute 45-metre penalty.

Saracens' Chris Ashton scored two tries in the victory over Harlequins at Wembley

Saracens wing Chris Ashton gave England a reminder of his try-scoring abilities as he crossed the line twice in Saturday’s victory over Harlequins in front of a world record crowd at Wembley.

Belsize Park's Sam Bennett, formerly a pupil at UCS, on the attack in Saturday's victory over the Old Boys. Pic: Paolo Minoli

There was no change at the top or bottom of the London North-West Division Three table, and the promotion and relegation battles are going down to the wire after Belsize Park triumphed 53-8 away against UCS Old Boys in Saturday’s derby.

Hampstead's Under-10 A team show off their trophy and medals after winning the shield at the Middlesex County Championships

March has been a very successful month for Hampstead’s juniors as 10 teams took part in the Middlesex County Championships over three weekends, securing four pieces of silverware.

Hendon's John McCarthy scored the opening try. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon will go into the final game with a good shot at promotion in Herts/Middlesex Division Two after beating Thamesians 24-14 at home on Saturday.

Saracens captain Maro Itoje lifts the LV=Cup surrounded by his teammates. Pic: Matthew Impey/Wiredphotos.co.uk

Saracens head into Saturday’s world record match against Harlequins at Wembley Stadium having secured the first silverware of the rugby season.

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