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London Irish hope for boost from new signing

London Irish will hope that their shock signing of Australian International James O’Connor will help stimulate their stuttering start to the season.

The 23-year-old, who has signed a deal until the end of the season, has played 44 Tests for the Wallabies.

The significance of this signing cannot be underestimated.  For a mere 23 year old, O’ Connor has a wealth of experience at the very highest level, and is widely considered one of the most exciting and talented backs in world rugby.» >

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Athletics season off the mark

The first round of the LCL cross country league was as always held at Parliament Hill, in London. Reading University Athletics Club had two strong teams which were a mixture of freshers and those who had been around the parks of London many times. The women ran one lap of a 2.5mile course, whereas the men had to endure two in a 5mile race.

The mens team placed well with the top 5 all in the top 60.» >

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Campus Sports 11-a-side league round-up: Week 3

Three games into the new season and you really have to feel for the Law Society; Division A’s bottom team have lost all three games conceding 23 goals in the process. The latest team to put them to the sword with an emphatic 13-1 victory were the previously winless Sherfield Hall; their performance was typified by Man of the Match Craig Melvin who scored five of Sherfield’s thirteen.

Elsewhere in Division A Bulmershe moved to joint top after a convincing 6-1 win over Benyon.» >

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Badminton and Lacrosse star on even day for Reading Knights

100% win records for Reading Knights’ Badminton and Lacrosse teams were some of the significant highlights from last Wednesday’s BUCs action. It was an even day of results for the Knights as they picked up 13 wins and 13 losses, coupled with two draws and eight matches unplayed.

Badminton Men’s 1s beat Imperial Meds 6-2 away, and the Women’s team won by the same scoreline at home to Holloway. Meanwhile the Men’s 2s beat Surrey away 5-3.» >

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Campus Sports 11-a-side league round-up: Week 2

As the rest of the country became fixated on the worst storm to hit our shores in a decade this weekend, Reading’s footballers had bigger things on their minds; the second round of Campus Sport 11-a-side league fixtures. Following last weekend’s goal fest, games across all three divisions were noticeably tighter and this was evident in Division B’s stand out fixture, where the Geography Society faced the league’s top scorers Greek-Cypriot FC.» >

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Reading University storm through National Championships

Since 1st September Reading University Boat Club (RUBC) have been back in training preparing the athletes for the very competitive season to come. The 2013 season will see Reading sending 12 athletes to trial for the GB rowing squad. The first stage of the trials took place at the National Championships last weekend at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham.

The competition was tough, with several London Olympic veterans competing to be national champions.» >

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Football teams go unbeaten in latest BUCs action for Reading Knights

All five of Reading Knights’ football teams in action were unbeaten in their second week of BUCs fixtures. Wins for the Men’s 2s, Men’s 4s, and Women’s 1s were accompanied by battling draws for the Men’s 1s and 3s. With three of those matches taking place on Whiteknights Campus there was plenty to cheer about for the home fans.

The Women’s 1s fixture was away at the University of Arts in Chiswick and a 2-0 victory was their second win by the same scoreline in a row, this time topped off by captain Daisy Rennison’s 25 yard free-kick planted into the top right corner.» >

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Campus Sports 11-a-side league round-up

Saturday the 19th October saw the first fixtures of the Sports Park’s Campus Sport 11-a-side league take place. Division A debutants Badger FC got off to a respectable start, overcoming Benyon Athletic Old Boys 2-1 in a tight encounter. Lone striker Rob Bryan-Smith played a pivotal role in the victory, scoring the first goal from a Jack Leafe cross. He then caused a communication breakdown in the Benyon defence, resulting in a defender heading an audacious through ball from Ellis Lawson past his own keeper and into the net.» >

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