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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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.

Braintree Rugby Club held their Annual Awards and Dinner Dance and this year there was plenty to celebrate.

Bury St Edmunds have appointed Irish rugby legend Kevin Maggs as their new Pro-AM Rugby Director, on a part-time basis.

London and South Premier

London Skolars A 32

Eastern Rhinos 10

The Rhinos showed great character to come back from an early 10 point deficit to level the scores but conceded several late tries to give a final score that flattered the home side.

The recently-formed Ipswich Scorpions women’s rugby union team are holding an open session for experienced and novice players keen on playing the sport.

Eastern Counties were left licking their wounds having suffered a narrow loss in the opening game of the Bill Beaumont County Championships, against East Midlands.

Eastern Counties Women suffered the first defeat this season in a tough encounter away to table-topping Leicestershire, despite playing arguably their best rugby this campaign.

With the sun shining and top class international rugby 7s on display, the crowd poured into the Greene King IPA Haberden in their droves at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club as the British Army won the ninth annual Greene King IPA 7s tournament.

New Bury St Edmunds head coach, Jon Clark, is not planning to make wholesale changes after Gavin Hogg’s reign ended on a winning note at Clifton last weekend.

It’s the Bury Rugby Greene King IPA Sevens this Sunday, one of the highlights of the Suffolk sporting calendar. MARK HEATH previews the event.

The younger players from Woodbridge Rugby Club’s youth section – the minis - and their parents were out in force in glorious sunshine last Sunday.

A Suffolk soldier soaked up the “unreal” atmosphere generated by 80,000 fans at the home of rugby union.

National League Two South

Clifton 30

Bury St Edmunds 33

Bury signed off for the 2017 season with an exhilarating win away in Bristol.

Gavin Hogg’s final match, as Bury St Edmunds’ Director of Rugby, coincides with the end of another satisfactory season for the Wolfpack at National League Two South level.

Former Northampton Saints centre, Jon Clarke, has been appointed as the new head coach of Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club.

Eastern Counties Ladies got off to a winning start, 26-20, against Warwickshire Women at Stowmarket RFC, in their Gill Burns Women’s County Championship Plate first round match.

London One North

Sudbury 42

Saffron Walden 19

Sudbury ended their season on a high by convincingly beating Saffron Walden at home on Saturday.

Woodbridge Colts defeated Colchester 31-0 to win the Eastern Counties Colts Cup at Hatchley Barn, on Sunday, to complete the first of a potential cup treble.

Bury were unable to grant outgoing coach Gavin Hogg a final home win as a resolute Canterbury did just enough to edge this disappointing game in National 2, 14-13.

Colchester travelled to the Channel Islands to play their last game of the season and came away losing 31-17.

England head coach Eddie Jones was a special guest at a packed Sudbury Rugby Club on Friday night and gave the club’s first team squad a special training session.

Sudbury’s first-team squad got a taste of what it’s like to be an England player, when the Red Rose head coach Eddie Jones took them for a training session on Friday night.

Bury St Edmunds’ Director of Rugby, Gavin Hogg, will be hoping to mark his last home game with a victory, before his summer departure.

Eastern Counties, in conjunction with Southwold RFC, hosted its inaugural U21/University Returners Festival on Easter Sunday in Southwold.

Record-breaking England coach Eddie Jones will be a special guest at Sudbury Rugby Club on Friday evening.

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club ladies team, the Foxes, have won the Women’s National Challenge East 2 league after an almost unbeaten season, winning their last 11 games in a row.

London Two North

Ipswich 17

Norwich 19

The talk before the start was of a real derby game, commitment from both sides, no quarter given or asked for – and that was just what was delivered.

Outgoing Bury St Edmunds head coach, Gavin Hogg, admits his decision to leave The Haberden at the end of the season required “a lot of thought and conversation” – and he hopes to cross paths with Bury again.

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