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LONDON WELSH: Piri Weepu plays down injury concerns

Witney Gazette:

9:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

LONDON Welsh scrum half Piri Weepu yesterday played down concerns about the ankle injury that has left his right foot in a protective boot.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Smith's tribute as Benson ends reign

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

Adrian Smith paid tribute to Tony Benson after the New Zealander stepped down as Oxford Rugby League head coach.

ATHLETICS: Bellinger and Moore star to make frame at Stroud

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

DARRELL Bellinger and Diane Moore flew the flag for Oxfordshire with strong showings at the Stroud Half Marathon.

ATHLETICS: City veterans retain crown

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

OXFORD City retained their vet 55-64 title at the British Masters Athletic Federation (BMAF) Cross Country Relay Championships.

ATHLETICS: Rendell claims Great victory

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

SARAH Rendell produced a personal best performance to take victory at the Bupa Great South Run 5K in Portsmouth.

ATHLETICS: Bridges third at Candleford

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

DENISE Bridges finished third in the ladies only Candleford Canter 10K.

ATHLETICS: Rendell leaves rivals in the shade

Witney Gazette:

11:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

Sarah Rendell produced a personal best performance to take victory at the Bupa Great South Run 5K in Portsmouth on Saturday.

RUGBY UNION: London Welsh face unfair deal on funding, claims MP

Witney Gazette: London Welsh are staying at the Kassam

9:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

LONDON Welsh are facing an unfair lack of funding from the Aviva Premiership, an MP will tell Parliament.

CRICKET: Brooks out to make the most of his Lions chance

Witney Gazette:

8:30am Wednesday 29th October 2014

JACK Brooks says he will have to raise his game further to take full advantage of his England Lions call-up.

RUGBY UNION: London Welsh given French lesson by Bordeaux, says Burnell

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Justin Burnell admitted London Welsh had received some big rugby lessons as they crashed to a 52-20 home defeat to Bordeaux Begles at the Kassam Stadium last night.

RUGBY UNION: London Welsh crash to Bordeaux in European Challenge Cup

Witney Gazette:

9:54pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

London Welsh 20 (tries Jewell, D Browne; cons Barkley 2; pens Barkley 2

Live RUGBY UNION: London Welsh v Bordeaux Begles

Witney Gazette: London Welsh are staying at the Kassam

7:13pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Live updates from the Kassam Stadium where London Welsh host Bordeaux in the European Challenge Cup

James Lewis hoping London Welsh win can ignite season

Witney Gazette:

7:50am Thursday 23rd October 2014

JAMES Lewis says a first win will make all the difference to London Welsh’s season.

ATHLETICS: Comeback queen Sophie Carter regains Abingdon Marathon crown

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Sophie Carter showed her injury problems were fully behind her with a dominant victory at the Milton Park Abingdon Marathon.

RUGBY UNION: Flanker Jones eyes Wasps pro deal

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Oxford University flanker Gus Jones is determined to make a career with their most recent opponents Wasps.

RUGBY UNION: Ferguson: London Welsh should expect big physical test

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Matt Ferguson says London Welsh must be prepared for a huge physical battle if they are to finally break their duck tonight.

RUGBY UNION: Welsh yet to extend Hala'ufia loan

Witney Gazette:

8:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

LONDON Welsh say they have yet to extend Chris Hala’ufia’s loan deal, despite news he will not be returning to Llanelli Scarlets.

CRICKET: Vaughan is the star

Witney Gazette:

11:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Michael Vaughan added a sprinkling of celebrity stardust as the league celebrated reaching a milestone in style at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium.

ATHLETICS: Super Carter's winning return

Witney Gazette:

1:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Sophie Carter showed her injury problems were fully behind her with a dominant victory at the Milton Park Abingdon Marathon.

RUGBY UNION: Oxford sting Wasps after Evans dismissal

Witney Gazette:

11:46pm Monday 20th October 2014

Oxford University showed plenty of promise in a 24-10 victory over a young Wasps side at Iffley Road on Monday night.

RUGBY UNION: Take your opportunity, urges Ross

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

Gordon Ross has told London Welsh’s fringe players to seize their chance in the coming weeks.

RUGBY UNION: Browne out to impress on his injury comeback

Witney Gazette:

7:30am Saturday 18th October 2014

Daniel Browne is hoping for more luck as he belatedly gets his London Welsh season under way today.

RUGBY UNION: Chinnor urged to win it for Kroman

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Friday 17th October 2014

MATT Williams has urged Chinnor to secure victory for lock Josh Kroman when they visit Launceston in National 2 South tomorrow.

RUGBY UNION: Cowan's back for Quins home clash

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Friday 17th October 2014

RUPERT Cowan returns at hooker for Oxford Harlequins’ trip to Old Centralians in National 3 South West.

League break gives us time to take stock, says London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell

Witney Gazette:

9:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

JUSTIN Burnell says London Welsh’s next four matches are “ginormous”, despite the break from league action.

ATHLETICS: Humphreys and Bunn lead the way

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

MEGAN Humphreys and Fiona Bunn were the leading Oxfordshire performers as the Apex Sports Chiltern Cross Country League got under way at Cassiobury Park, Watford.

ATHLETICS: Marathon time again

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

THIS was the scene 12 months ago at the finish of the Abingdon Marathon in Tilsley Park, which was won by Blackburn’s Ben Fish (473).

ATHLETICS: Woodstock's Webb crowned champion

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

WOODSTOCK Harriers’ Jessica Webb was the first lady home at the Henley Half Marathon.

RUGBY UNION: Wade wants Dark Blues response

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

OXFORD University head coach James Wade admitted his players were “shell-shocked” by their 74-10 defeat to Northampton Academy.

RUGBY UNION: Comeback foiled by last-gasp try

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

OXFORDSHIRE Under 18s suffered late agony to lose 19-14 to Gloucestershire in a friendly at Cheltenham Civil Service RFC.

RUGBY UNION: Oxon pull out of under 20 championship

Witney Gazette: rugby generic

7:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

OXFORDSHIRE will not field a side in this season’s National Under 20 Championship due to a lack of funding.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Oxford RL trio get Ireland call

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

THREE Oxford RL players have been named in Ireland’s squad for the European Championship.

RUGBY UNION: We have a team of fighters, says Thorpe

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Monday 13th October 2014

Richard Thorpe said London Welsh have made “fantastic strides” this season, despite suffering a sixth straight defeat.

Justin Burnell remains defiant despite seeing London Welsh fall eight points adrift

Witney Gazette:

8:40am Monday 13th October 2014

LONDON Welsh head coach Justin Burnell remained defiant despite seeing his side lose 23-3 at home to Aviva Premiership relegation rivals Newcastle Falcons, writes ED MEZZETTI.

RUGBY UNION: Welsh well beaten by Falcons

Witney Gazette:

4:44pm Saturday 11th October 2014

London Welsh 3 (pen Barkley), Newcastle Falcons 23 (tries Powell, M Wilson, Tipuna; con Clegg; pens Socino 2)

Live RUGBY UNION: London Welsh v Newcastle Falcons

Witney Gazette: London Welsh are staying at the Kassam

1:55pm Saturday 11th October 2014

Live action from the Kassam Stadium where London Welsh host Newcastle Falcons in a crunch Aviva Premiership battle.

RUGBY UNION: Victory over Newcastle would be a great tonic, says Down

Witney Gazette:

8:30am Saturday 11th October 2014

James Down says victory over Newcastle today would be just the shot in the arm London Welsh need.

RUGBY UNION: Exiles seek Lyon boost

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell and club captain Matt Corker got up close and personal with the new European Rugby Challenge Cup this week.

RUGBY UNION: Cathcart boost as Chinnor look to get back on track

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Friday 10th October 2014

JAMES Cathcart heads the list of Chinnor returnees for tomorrow’s home clash with Southend in National 2 South.

RUGBY UNION: Taylor is keeping it fresh in hunt for record victory

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

OXFORD University captain Jacob Taylor says he is not allowing his experienced squad to become stale.

ATHLETICS: Burgess denied by Bell

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

Aaron Burgess finished runner-up in the Cricklade Half Marathon, but again had to play second fiddle to Dave Bell.

ATHLETICS: Carter impresses in English relays

Witney Gazette: Woodstock's Sophie Carter helped Belgrave to silver

7:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

Sophie Carter helped Belgrave Harriers’ ladies to 17th place in the English Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park, Birmingham.

ATHLETICS: Bellinger holds off young pretender to lift crown

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

Darrell Bellinger saw off the challenge of newcomer Danny Ray to claim victory at the Hanney 5.

London Welsh forward Pete Browne says squad are right behind coaching staff

Witney Gazette:

8:10am Wednesday 8th October 2014

PETE Browne has backed London Welsh’s coaches to turn round the club’s fortunes after a dismal start to the Aviva Premiership season.

RUGBY UNION: Chinnor capture Coventry prop Cambareri

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

CHINNOR have signed Argentine prop Guido Cambareri on loan from Coventry ahead of tomorrow’s National 2 South clash at Lydney.

Big guns Clarke and Whing look set to return for United

Witney Gazette:

9:30am Friday 3rd October 2014

Danny Rose says the prospect of having Ryan Clarke and Andy Whing back in the frame for selection tomorrow will give Oxford United a big boost.

RUGBY UNION: Start key for Grove, says Burrows

Witney Gazette: Craig Burrows

7:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

GROVE head coach Craig Burrows says they must start well when they visit Bletchley in the battle of the South West 1 East basement boys.

RUGBY UNION: Smith backs struggling Welsh to beat drop

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Ollie Smith admits the step up to top-flight rugby has proved tougher than many at London Welsh expected.

ATHLETICS: Carter breaks own record to take Woodstock crown

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Sophie Carter broke her own ladies’ course record as she stormed to victory at the Woodstock 12.

CRICKET: Paceman Brooks still harbours England ambition

Witney Gazette:

9:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

JACK Brooks says he still dreams of an England cap after being drafted back into the Lions set-up.

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