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Reading claim historic victory away at Hartpury

Reading’s Rugby Union 1st XV claimed the university’s first ever win on Hartpury soil on Wednesday afternoon with a tremendous bonus point 24-17 win. Whilst Reading had beaten Hartpury on two of their past three meetings, the Berkshire side had yet to take anything away from Gloucester in living memory. However, fresh off a good pre-season win against Brunel the week before, a young and exciting side made the journey to the west country with high spirits.

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Non-league society proves a success at nearby university

A non-league society has been set-up at Oxford Brookes, as football fanatics have turned their passion for attending games into an organised venture.

The idea was coined after a Bath City vs Basingstoke match last year, where a couple of non-league enthusiasts had been on a ‘dirt-cheap’ day out.

Suggestions were discussed at length for the society before being finally formed, with at least one official event per month taking place and being advertised across social media.» >

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RURFC raring to go ahead of new season

Last season, RURFC had in general an extremely successful time on the pitch, from the 1st XV remaining in Premier South B to the 4th XV being promoted to South Eastern 5A. With a new season just over the horizon, there are high hopes that this success will be duplicated once again.

Every year there comes a time to must say farewell to old friends that have been made from the club over the last season or two.» >

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Reading start steadily in Championship

Nigel Adkins, before the start of the Sky Bet Championship, would have surely taken 12 points from Reading’s first 7 games on their return to the Football League.

Adam Le Fondre’s last minute winner recently against Leeds United looks to be the catalyst which could kick-start Nigel Adkins’ Reading into a very competitive chase for promotion.

Following up the victory over Leeds with a comfortable triumph away to Derby, Adkins’ team are now seven points better off than the Reading team of 2011-12 at the same stage, which under former manager Brian McDermott (now Leeds United Manager), had gone onto become the eventual champions.» >

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Early thoughts on the Premier League

Quite often, football pundits won’t look before they leap into making a prediction, and in these inchoate stages of the new Premier League season, many have been up to their old tricks. But now that the burdensome transfer window has drawn to a close, and the clubs have all completed their business, I feel that judgments can now thoroughly be made.

The game that perhaps encompasses the season so far was Cardiff’s magnificent win over Manchester City at the Cardiff City stadium.» >

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Sun, Sport and Success: A summer sporting review

The summer has been kind to Britain this time around; the weather has been glorious, the sport has been non-stop, and for the second summer running we’ve been successful. The Olympic Summer was always going to be difficult to top but I think that this one may just have done it.

It kicked off in earnest on June 1, in Hong Kong, where the British and Irish Lions would begin their Summer Tour, with a dominant win against the Barbarians.» >

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Spark* Sport: An Introduction

Starting from this autumn, the Spark* newspaper sports section will be featuring its most diverse collection of articles and reporting yet. All the main university-related sports stories will be covered, as will all the key results and highlights from Reading Uni’s teams in the BUCs competitions.

Continuing on from previous years will be coverage of Reading FC’s home games in the Championship, with Spark* sending reporters as press representatives to games at the Madejski stadium.» >

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