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Havering rivals Campion and Coops meet on opening day of season

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 September 2018

Campion score a try in London Three Essex last season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Campion score a try in London Three Essex last season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Campion, along with the school with which they share their name, also set to honour the memory of Paddy Dear on Saturday

Old Cooperians score a try last season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Old Cooperians score a try last season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

London Borough of Havering rivals Campion and Old Cooperians meet on the opening day of the London Three Essex season on Saturday for what should be a scintillating derby.

Campion will want to beat their borough rivals to get their season off to a flyer as they look to avoid another relegation battle.

The Cottons Park club will also want to pick up from where they left off last term, having finished the previous campaign with three straight wins in the league.

As well as being the opening day of the season, Saturday sees Campion, along with the school with which they share their name, pay tribute to Paddy Dear.

In 2016, Dear, who was a student at Campion, suffered a fatal fall on a school trip while suffering from sepsis.

On Saturday, both the rugby club and the school will come together for a memorial day in honour of Dear and in aid of the UK Sepsis Trust.

The day kicks off with a series of matches between Campion School and St Benedict’s, which start at 10am.

Those matches will lead up to the London Three Essex clash between Campion and Old Cooperians, with a BBQ available throughout the day and there is also a drinks reception from 5-8pm.

After relegation from London Two North East last term, Coops are back in the same division as their borough rivals.

When they were last at London Three level, the St Mary’s Lane club claimed the title in the North East division in the 2015/16 season.

After the disappointment of the last campaign, Coops will hope to be among the teams chasing promotion from the division this term.

It all points to what should be an enthralling game on Saturday afternoon with both Havering sides looking to start the term by claiming bragging rights.

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