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Rugby

Fergus Taylor, who was elected Oxford University’s new skipper last month, believes the Dark Blues have a bright future ahead of them despite losing several experienced players

Skipper Taylor backing Dark Blues young guns to impress

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Josh Deegan (left) kept the scoreboard ticking over

It's ton-up Banbury

Scott Mortimer, pictured here driving forward, scored a try

Witney’s win closes up the race for title

RUGBY: Oxford Harlequins climb to fourth after win over Windsor

RUGBY: Oxford Harlequins climb to fourth after win over Windsor

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Bicester’s David Hampton breaks away to score a try against Wallingford on Saturday

RUGBY: Bicester must wait and see after clash against Wallingford abandoned due to Joey Sibun injury

RUGBY: Basil Strang bags brace of tries as Henley secure crunch win

RUGBY: Basil Strang bags brace of tries as Henley secure crunch win

RUGBY: Brilliant Banbury run riot for 105-8 win

RUGBY: Brilliant Banbury run riot for 105-8 win

Connor Murphy returns at scrum half for Henley

RUGBY UNION: Chinnor boosted by new Argentine prop Santiago Sodini

Matt Goode scored two tries for Banbury

Banbury Bulls march on at the top after fine win at Berkswell & Balsall

Chairman Neil Hopper wants Oxford Harlequins to return fully to Marston Ferry Road Picture: Steve Wheeler

RUGBY UNION: Harlequins seeking home comforts

RUGBY UNION: Hancock calls on Quins players to retain unbeaten home record

RUGBY UNION: Hancock calls on Quins players to retain unbeaten home record

RUGBY UNION: Dark Blues cancel RAF fixture

RUGBY UNION: Dark Blues cancel RAF fixture

Rhys Morgan scored one of Witney's tries

RUGBY UNION: Leaders end Witney's winning run

RUGBY UNION: Quins leave it late to earn narrow victory + VIDEO

RUGBY UNION: Quins leave it late to earn narrow victory + VIDEO

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Henry Lamont breaks away during Chinnor's 23-19 victory over Dorking in National League 2 South Picture: Aaron Bayliss

RUGBY UNION: Battling Chinnor clinch hard-fought win

RUGBY UNION: Bulls march on at the top

RUGBY UNION: Bulls march on at the top

RUGBY UNION: All Blacks prove too strong

RUGBY UNION: All Blacks prove too strong

Fergus Taylor, pictured in action for Oxford University against Northampton Academy in 2014, has been elected as the Dark Blues' new captain

RUGBY UNION: Taylor elected Dark Blues captain

Allan Purchase returns for Quins

RUGBY UNION: Skipper Allan Purchase back to boost Oxford Harlequins

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RUGBY UNION: Coach Lawless calls for better discipline

RUGBY UNION: Coach Lawless calls for better discipline

Matt Clarke scored Witney try against Oxford Harlequins

RUGBY UNION: Witney in tight derby triumph over Quins

Centre Matt Clarke scored Witney's try as they beat Oxford Harlequins 11-7 in South West 1 East

RUGBY UNION: Witney edge local rivals Oxford Harlequins

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RUGBY UNION: Henley fall to third straight loss in 2016

RUGBY UNION: Henley fall to third straight loss in 2016

Josh Deegan scores his second try during Banbury's 71-7 win over Bedworth in Midlands 2 West (South) Picture: Simon Grieve

RUGBY UNION: Brilliant Banbury put on 11-try show

RUGBY UNION: Classy Abingdon impress in emphatic victory + VIDEO

RUGBY UNION: Classy Abingdon impress in emphatic victory + VIDEO

Oxford Harlequins head of rugby Alan Hancock is expecting an "arm wrestle" in their local derby against Witney

RUGBY UNION: Hancock expects tough derby clash at Witney

Bulls stay top as Mills stars

Bulls stay top as Mills stars

Henry Lamb

Witney aces make it five in a row

George Messum enjoys scoring a try on his debut during Chinnor's 26-19 defeat at home to Cambridge Picture: Aaron Bayliss

RUGBY UNION: Chinnor fall to Cambridge defeat despite late fightback

RUGBY UNION: Leaders Banbury put on seven-try show in win over Barkers Butts

RUGBY UNION: Leaders Banbury put on seven-try show in win over Barkers Butts

RUGBY UNION: Super Witney march on in South West 1 East with fifth victory in a row

RUGBY UNION: Super Witney march on in South West 1 East with fifth victory in a row

Abingdon fly half Chris Stables prepares to kick the ball forward during his side’s win over Alchester Picture: Steve Wheeler

RUGBY UNION: Chris Stables stars as clinical Abingdon beat Alchester

Oxford University club captain George Messum has signed for Chinnor

RUGBY UNION: Chinnor sign Oxford University duo George Messum and Henry Lamont

Grove fly half Mike Martin broke his leg against Swanage & Wareham on November 14

RUGBY UNION: Grove head coach Craig Burrows rues absence of injured fly half Mike Martin

Sam Collins (left), George Lane and captain Gareth Campbell (9) celebrate Witney’s penalty try during their 16-12 victory over Windsor in South West 1 East Picture: Steve Wheeler

RUGBY UNION: Witney battle through the mud to clinch fourth win in a row

Sam Collins (left), George Lane and captain Gareth Campbell (9) celebrate Witney’s penalty try during their 16-12 victory over Windsor in South West 1 East Picture: Steve Wheeler

RUGBY UNION: In form Witney fight through the mud to clinch nail-biter

Huw Dimond kicked all Oxford Harlequins’ points in their 19-9 defeat at Salisbury

RUGBY UNION: Oxford Harlequins fall to battling Salisbury defeat

Marcus Beer scored Chinnor’s first try in their 24-20 defeat at Bury St Edmunds

RUGBY UNION: Late penalty try denies Chinnor valuable victory

RUGBY UNION: Henley Hawks unable to make territory count as they fall to home defeat

RUGBY UNION: Henley Hawks unable to make territory count as they fall to home defeat

Ian Isham crosses the whitewash during Banbury’s comprehensive 52-0 victory over Olney in the Midlands RFU Intermediate Cup Picture: Simon Grieve

RUGBY UNION: Ed Phillips shines as Banbury cruise into last eight of RFU Intermediate Cup

Grove will be without scrum half Joe Chilvers when they welcome league leaders Towcestrians to Cane Lane in South West 1 East

RUGBY UNION: Oxford Harlequins call up Farahani brothers for Salisbury clash

Referee Nicola Reynolds, who officiated in a Santa Claus outfit, sorts out the scrum as Witney captain Gareth Campbell watches on.  Picture: John Palmer

George Lewis stars in Witney's comeback win over Salisbury

No 8 Joe Vandermolen drives for the try line but is stopped by two tacklers during Chinnor's 41-39 defeat to Redingensians Picture: Steve Wheeler

RUGBY UNION: Bertie Hopkin misses late conversion as Chinnor fall short in thriller

Referee Nicola Reynolds, from Peterbrough, wore a Santa Claus outfit as she officiated Witney’s 28-22 win at home to Salisbury Picture: John Palmer

RUGBY UNION: Oxford Harlequins put on seven-try show to sign off for Christmas in fine style

Banbury’s Manu Paniagua battles through the mud and a Pinley tackler during Saturday's 7-6 defeat Picture: Simon Grieve

RUGBY UNION: Banbury lose out in the Pinley mud but still top the table at Christmas

RUGBY UNION: Bicester dig deep to fend off Stow-on-the-Wold

RUGBY UNION: Bicester dig deep to fend off Stow-on-the-Wold

RUGBY UNION: Gosford All Blacks take over at the top after beating Wheatley

RUGBY UNION: Gosford All Blacks take over at the top after beating Wheatley

Connor Murphy misses Henley Hawks' basement battle while he plays for London Irish

RUGBY UNION: Henley Hawks ring changes for crunch basement clash

James Heywood

Heywood the architect for Banbury win

Arron Lambourne sets off on a run for Witney, leaving Grove’s Huw Lewis on the deck  Picture: Steve Wheeler

RUGBY UNION: Witney run riot to secure emphatic derby success against Grove

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