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More than 1,200 young players took to the field for the ninth Woodbridge Rugby Club under 7-12 Festival.

Senior Vase

Hitchin 22

Stowmarket 34

This week saw a break from league rugby and a first-ever meeting between Stowmarket and Hitchin in the first round of the Senior Vase.

Eastern Counties One

Ipswich YM 39

Colchester III 8

An injury-hit YM cemented their table-top position with a hard-fought victory over a surprisingly strong Colchester side.

Women’s National Championships East 1

Southwold Swallows 0

Woodbridge Amazons 40

The bragging rights in Suffolk returned south to Woodbridge on Sunday as the Amazons blew away the Swallows of Southwold, writes Ian Girling.

Eastern Counties Division Two South

Felixstowe 24

Ipswich YM Hawks 17

Felixstowe were on the attack from the first whistle as the kick-off had several chasers putting pressure on YM and within five minutes the home team had scored, writes Dale Hoffman.

London 3

Stowmarket 52

Wymondham 7

Stowmarket continued their successful start to the season with a fruitful home game to Wymondham.

London 3 Eastern Counties

Holt 18

Woodbridge Warriors 13

Within ten minutes Angus Clogg kicked a Woodbridge penalty and James Wyatt did likewise for Holt.

London 3 East

Lowestoft & Yarmouth 0

Stowmarket 85

Another successful away trip for high flying Stowmarket as they continued their fine start to the season with another well-deserved victory.

London 2 North

Ipswich 24

Wanstead 39

The away side took the lead after a ten-metre line-out led to a tidy catch and powerful drive, with Simon Bird touching down, writes John Kornjaca.

Eastern Counties 3

Aldeburgh & Thorpeness 33

Ipswich Thirds 15

A mild, late September afternoon saw a ready and willing Aldeburgh dominate visitors Ipswich in front of record crowds at the King’s Field, writes Malcolm Beer.

London 3 Eastern Counties

Woodbridge Warriors 7

Thetford 31

The visitors exerted early pressure as their line-out worked well and centre Tom Gelder and full-back Will Martin put in some aggressive runs.

A match dedicated to Thurston rugby player Josh Gilbert began with a minutes applause in his honour over the weekend.

Eastern Counties One

Ipswich YM 55

Stowmarket Seconds 0

After only three minutes of play YM were awarded a scrum which led to the home side’s first try being scored, by the tenacious open side flanker Ryan Quinton.

London 2 North East

Ipswich 5

Rochford 59

Ipswich were at full strength again as they faced a very strong Rochford Hundred squad who are already shaping up to be the stand out team in the division this season.

London 3 Eastern Counties

West Norfolk 13

Woodbridge Warriors 22

The hosts started strongly, pressuring the visitors and drawing a penalty after a dart by flanker David Evans and full back Jake Richardson, who sadly broke his leg in the ruck and play was delayed an hour, writes Simon Ballard.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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