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RUGBY PREVIEW

PUBLISHED: 14:16 06 January 2011

Rugby returns

Rugby returns

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Romford ready to return

London Div 2NE

Romford & GP (7-0-3) v Sudbury (3-0-8)

Rugby returns to Crow Lane, with Park looking to keep the pressure on the top two.

They went into the extended Christmas break on the back of a 26-0 success over Enfield – as their December 18 trip to Chelmsford fell victim to the cold snap – and will be aiming to complete a double over Sudbury, following a superb 37-6 win in Suffolk back in September.

Coach Mark Collins will be on his guard, though, and reminding his men to avoid a high penalty count as the visitors boast an impressive kicker.

London Div 3NE

Campion (3-0-6) v Basildon (7-0-2)

Successive postponements before Christmas saw Campion go into the festive holidays at the bottom of the table.

Luke Maguire’s men have a game in hand on most of their relegation rivals, but had tasted defeat in their three previous outings and will be keen to get 2011 off to a good start.

They face a tough test against promotion-chasing Basildon at Cottons Park, however.

Mersea Island (2-1-7) v Upminster (3-1-6)

Only three points separated these two sides when they met at Hall Lane back in September.

Upminster came from behind to win 21-18 and, after a hard-fought draw at Wanstead before Christmas, will be looking to complete a league double as they venture across The Strood.

But there is little margin for error in this division, with only four points separating the bottom seven clubs.

Essex Div 1

Old Cooperians (4-0-4) v Thames (2-0-8)

A visit from the division’s bottom club gives Coopers the chance to begin the new year well.

A bonus-point win could life the old boys up to third place, if other results go in their favour, and they have the ability to cross the try line.


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