Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why Old Foes Hope for a Happy Reunion

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why Old Foes Hope for a Happy Reunion

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Byline: MARK BALDWIN

THEY are both treasured institutions resonating with rugby history, but for grand old London clubs Rosslyn Park and Blackheath few games have been more important than their next three league matches.

Rosslyn Park will lose a [pounds sterling]57,000 annual grant from the Rugby Football Union if they are relegated from National League Division Two.

On the other hand, Blackheath are well-placed to take their place by capping a stunning revival with promotion from Division Three South. For the past four years they have been improving under the coaching leadership of former playing stalwart Chris Kibble. Blackheath, who lead close rivals Launceston on points difference at the top of their division, are away at Weston-super-Mare on Saturday before facing lowly Tabard (home) and bottom-of-the-table Old Colfeians (away) in their final two league fixtures.

"First we need to win all three games, but we also need to score as many points as possible," said Kibble. …

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