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Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea during the Aviva Premiership match at Twickenham Stoop, Twickenham. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Conor O’Shea fires play-off warning after Leicester win

Conor O’Shea promised Harlequins would continue applying pressure in the race for the Aviva Premiership play-offs after Leicester were dispatched 24-20 at Twickenham Stoop.

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Saracens captain Steve Borthwick

Wray hails Saracens’ record-breaking captain Borthwick

EXCLUSIVE: Jackson Wray has hailed Saracens’ record-breaking captain Steve Borthwick as an ideal role model for all young rugby players.

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Belsize Park's Richard Wilson breaks through to start Belsize Park's comeback against Hackney. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Belsize Park face anxious wait after defeat in pivotal title showdown

Belsize Park face an anxious wait to discover whether they will be promoted after losing their pivotal top-of-the-table clash 25-17 at Hackney in Herts/Middlesex Division One on Saturday.

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John McCarthy touched down for Hendon and scored two conversions. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Injury-hit Hendon finish league campaign with a brave defeat

An injury-hit Hendon side ended Herts/Middlesex Division Two campaign with a 52-29 defeat which left them sixth in the final standings – but they scored five tries in a brave display.

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Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea during the Aviva Premiership match at Twickenham Stoop, Twickenham. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

O’Shea ready for play-off fight as Harlequins ease past Sale

Harlequins’ director of rugby Conor O’Shea is ready for a fight “to the bitter end” as the London-based outfit look to qualify for the Premiership play-offs.

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Mike Evans-Jones scored a try and two conversions for Hendon. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Harry’s hat-trick keeps Hendon in the hunt for fifth-place finish

Harry Charles scored a hat-trick as Hendon won their penultimate game of the season in Herts/Middlesex Division Two, beating Quintin 34-20 and boosting their hopes of overtaking Uxbridge to finish fifth.

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The Hampstead Ladies second XV

Hampstead Ladies’ second string finish top but could miss out on the title

Fiona Majorin scored a hat-trick as Hampstead Ladies’ second team ended their season on a high with a 25-19 win over their promotion rivals Hackney on Sunday.

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Fred House (centre) was on the scoresheet against Old Actonians. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Belsize Park gearing up for climactic title showdown with Hackney

Belsize Park are gearing up for a season-defining title showdown with promotion rivals Hackney this weekend after winning their penultimate game of the season.

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Saracens' players confront Ulsters Jared Payne after a mid-air collision leaves Saracens's Alex Goode laying on the pitch. Picture: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Saracens boss relieved to reach Heineken Cup semi

Saracens coach Mark McCall was mightily relieved after his side reached their second straight Heineken Cup semi-final with a 17-15 win at Ravenhill, and acknowledged that the first-half dismissal of Ulster full-back Jared Payne was a game-changer.

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Joe Touma (right) was the sole Barking try scorer in the heavy defeat to Westcombe Park, Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

New low for Barking as CS Rugby lie in wait

Barking’s season reached a new low as they shipped more than 100 points at Westcombe Park.

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Eton Manor's Chris Jones has Michael Eghan in support during their emphatic win over Diss on Saturday. Pic: Martin Pearl

Two games left to decide Eton Manor’s destiny after thumping win over Diss

Eton Manor ticked off another game in their hunt for the London One North title with an 86-12 win over Diss – and coach Jamie Connors was pleased to breach the 50-point barrier for the first time this season.

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Saracens' David Strettle

Saracens winger Strettle will try to impress England coaches in Heineken Cup

EXCLUSIVE: David Strettle is keen to maintain his try-scoring form in the knock-out stages of the Heineken Cup to highlight his ability to play at the highest level and boost his hopes of returning to the England fold.

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Therew was joy and tears for Hampstead ladies as they contested the final of the Women's Intermediate Plate for the first time but suffered a brave defeat. Pics: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead Ladies have heads held high after first Plate final

Hampstead Ladies contested the Intermediate Plate final for the first time on Saturday as they took on Midlands outfit West Bridgford in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

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Education See all

Cabinet member for children Cllr Angela Mason

26 children in Camden left without primary school place for September

Twenty-six children were left without a primary school place for September after Camden Council made its allocations today.

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Heritage See all

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt, Archibald Knox and the bidding war at a Hampstead auction house

A Hampstead auction house was abuzz with excitement as a furious bidding war saw a prized lot sell for 10 times its estimate.

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Obituaries See all

Mike Read has passed away

Highgate Society president pays tribute to ex-treasurer and golf lover Mike Read

Mike Read, who died this month aged 79, was a very active member of a number of Highgate organisations and well known in the village.

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Competitions See all

Win a DVD copy of Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive.

Win a DVD copy of Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive

David Attenborough introduces you to his favourite extinct creatures as they come alive on one magical night in London’s Natural History Museum.

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