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Rain affects UoR January sport

A wet beginning to 2014 has meant a series of postponements and cancellations for sports teams at Reading University.

BUCs fixtures have been depleted for the first four weeks in a row of the Spring Term so far, whilst the Campus Sport 11-a-side tournament is also suffering from a backlog of fixtures.

The men’s university football teams are yet to play in 2014, although the women did manage a fixture between themselves at SportsPark towards the end of January.» >

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Team GB gearing up for Winter Olympics in Sochi

The first Winter Olympic Games occurred in 1924 in France. On the 6th February to the 23rd February 2014, the 22nd Winter Olympic Games will be hosted in Sochi, Russia.

Compared to only 16 nations participating in the 1924 Games, 83 nations will compete in Sochi. Nations such as Malta, Tonga, Zimbabwe and Paraguay will make their first Winter Olympic debut. Sochi will hold 98 events in 15 winter sport disciplines including snowboarding, figure skating, skeleton and biathlon (a combination of skiing and shooting).» >

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France spring surprise on opening weekend of Six Nations

This year the Six Nations began where it ended last year, in Cardiff. With Wales bidding to become the first ever side to win three championships in a row, surely the Italy game was a given. Not so.

The Italians put up a fight and made it very difficult for the Welsh to play. This led to Wales making mistakes, with Rhys Priestland being turned over several times. Even Leigh Halfpenny was not immune to error; his pass was intercepted by man of the match Campagnaro who ran in his second try on his championship debut.» >

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RUBC fly through BUCs indoors

Towards the end of last term on the 23rd November the BUCS rowing calendar kicked off with the BUCS indoor rowing championships.

Students from all across the country, a total of 1600 students, competed by rowing 2km on a rowing machine.

The University of Reading hosted one of the several venues for the event which saw several of the University’s athletes achieve success.

Sam Twine in the men’s heavyweight category came a close second overall in the country with a time of 5.59.8 to the winner’s time of 5.59.0.» >

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Royals beat Millwall as they continue promotion charge

Reading eased to their biggest away win of the season with a clinical display at struggling Millwall to further consolidate their position in the Championship play-offs.

Although the Lions are languishing near the foot of the table this season, a trip to the hostile New Den is certainly one of the more intimidating places to visit, for both players and fans alike, yet the Royals brushed aside their opponents to secure an emphatic 3-0 win.» >

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Plans underway for new astro pitch and pavilion on UoR Whiteknights Campus

A new Astro Turf pitch will be in place on Whiteknights campus for the start of the 2014/2015 academic year.

The announcement has been met with widespread approval with many of those connected to sport at the University of Reading. Among the delighted parties is Josh Cave, the RUSU Student Engagement Officer. He said: “The new STP is a long awaited win for many of our sports teams. It is also great to see the University and the Student Union continuing to work in partnership.» >

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An interview with Hugo Sheehan

Hugo Sheehan is the social secretary of the tennis club, and has agreed to share some of his experiences and opinions on the club, sport, and university life in general.

“It is a desire to stay healthy and push myself that has got me into tennis.

“It’s a sport that caters for all abilities and tennis is a sport that you’ll be able to play through nearly all your life.”

Specifically concerning Reading University Tennis Club, Hugo has detailed some exciting things to look forward to this year, as well as good memories and experiences so far,

“This year one of the main things to look forward to is the club’s tour to Brighton.» >

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Men’s Lacrosse team back to winning ways

Reading’s Men’s Lacrosse team returned to their early season winning form against Chichester on Wednesday 4th December.

Having lost their last two matches, the Knights were looking to get back into their stride against a team they had beaten in a close finish earlier on this year.

Chichester arrived with 10 men (no subs), and a weakened team. The game started with two quick Reading goals, but then the shooting percentage dropped and poor defence let Chichester pull ahead to a 3-2 lead at the half.» >

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