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Head coach, Ollie Smith, admits that his new-look Bury St Edmunds side face their “first proper test” this weekend, with tomorrow’s National League Two South away fixture at Barnstaple (kick-off 2.30pm).

London 3 Eastern Counties

Woodbridge Warriors 8

Stowmarket 20

Heavy rain made opening exchanges very slippery as Woodbridge started with a penalty attempt and intercepted the ensuing 22 drop out to maintain pressure through Tim Johnson and Tom Stokes.

It was a mixed weekend for Chelmsford rugby sides, with the women’s squad claiming a good win, but the men suffering a heavy defeat.

London 1 North

Saffron Walden 3

Colchester 24

Consistent Colchester picked up their third bonus point win in three weeks playing away at Essex rivals Saffron Walden in a rain-drenched game.

Eastern Counties Division Three

Aldeburgh & Thorpeness 35

Mistley seconds 15

Aldeburgh and Thorpeness Rugby Club marked the opening of their new clubhouse with a fine season-opening win on Saturday, writes Malcolm Beer.

Women’s National Championships East 1

Woodbridge Amazons 47

Lakenham Hewett 5

The Amazons got their season off to a flying start at Hatchley Barn on Sunday with a nine try rout of Norfolk side Lakenham Hewitt, writes Ian Girling.

Bury clawed their way back from a 20-9 deficit to grab a much-needed victory against Old Redcliffians at The Haberden.

Bury St Edmunds head coach, Ollie Smith, wants his players to put “smiles on the faces of Bury supporters” during tomorrow’s home match against bottom club Old Redcliffians (kick-off 3pm).

Sports reporter CHRIS BRAMMER is leaving the EADT and Ipswich Star after six years. In this feature, Chris recalls some of his fondest moments and talks about some of the people that made his job so special

Bury St Edmunds head coach, Ollie Smith, admitted that last weekend’s opening day National League Two South defeat to newly-promoted Tonbridge Angels had been a “wake-up call” for his new charges.

Bury St Edmunds new head coach, Ollie Smith, branded Saturday’s opening day 50-17 home defeat to newly-promoted Tonbridge Juddians as an “unacceptable performance.”

Following promotion last season to London 1 North, Diss opened their League campaign with a hard-fought performance against fellow promotes South Woodham Ferrers.

Bury St Edmunds’ first game of the season and first under new head coach Ollie Smith, saw them comprehensively defeated by newly-promoted visitors, Tonbridge Juddians, 50-17, in National 2.

Relegated Colchester started their brand-new London 1 North campaign in ideal fashion, with a 37-24 victory at North Walsham Vikings.

With less than a week to go until the start of the National League 2 rugby season, Bury St Edmunds have swooped to add an experienced front row forward to their exciting squad.

An Olympic venue operator has been appointed to advise Colchester Borough Council on its plans for a regional sports hub at the Northern Gateway.

History has been made within the Eastern Counties Rugby Union setup and, more specifically, at Southwold Rugby Club.

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club have continued their signing spree ahead of the new season by bringing in the top scorer for the Austrian national side.

Ambitious Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club have announced seven new signings for the season ahead.

New Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club head coach, Ollie Smith, is excited about the prospect of taking the club forward to the next level.

Former British & Irish Lion and England international Ollie Smith has been revealed as the new head coach at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club.

Culford School Year 13 pupil Tom Brown, from Bury St Edmunds, has signed a professional deal with Brive.

The bill for clearing up a popular sports ground after travellers set up a camp on the site has been estimated at more than £3,000.

Ipswich Rugby Club have rung the changes during the close season and are looking forward to the new campaign in London 2 North East.

Stowmarket Rugby Club have appointed John Holton as the new first-team coach at Chilton Fields.

Bury St Edmunds chairman Mike Robinson has cited Premiership champions Exeter as a marker of what can be achieved by smaller clubs, ahead of the new National 2 season.

Bury St Edmunds chairman Mike Robinson says the Wolfpack must continue to look far and wide if they are to progress up the rugby pyramid.

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club have re-signed several key players ahead of their push for promotion next season.

New head coach Jon Clarke admits there can be little room for sentiment as Bury St Edmunds embark on a five-year plan to reach the Championship.

Pre-season has started at Felixstowe, with the respective men’s and women’s teams providing a very good mix of players.

Chelmsford Rugby Club are back in training this week.

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club have made their first signing of the off season, with the club promising several more new faces over the summer.

A talented young Suffolk rugby player is targeting a career in the sport after he was selected against the odds for the England Counties under-20 side.

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