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Rugby

Success: the winning Colchester RFC under-16 team

Colchester are crowned Ultimate Sevens champions

PARTY TIME: Harwich and Dovercourt Owls celebrate their eye-catching success at the sevens festival in North Walsham.

Dominant Owls swoop for first-ever silverware

Colchester coach Lloyd excited by national challenge

Colchester coach Lloyd excited by national challenge

Teams are invited to take part in a touch rugby competition

Teams are invited to take part in a touch rugby competition

Rugby stalwarts set to be honoured at annual dinner

Rugby stalwarts set to be honoured at annual dinner

Colchester colts celebrate Eastern Counties Cup win

Colchester colts celebrate Eastern Counties Cup win

Top pair – Brett Cutbush (left) and Nic Lloyd

Lloyd and Cutbush bring experience to bear on school teams

FINISHING THEIR SEASON ON A HIGH: Harwich and Dovercourt’s under-11s.

Festival success represents a perfect finale

NIGHT TO REMEMBER: Greg Woodley (first team players’ player-of-the-year), Sean Mills senior (second team players’ player-of-the-year runner-up), Simon Pitham (second team players’ player-of-the-year), Robert Baxter (celebrating ten years as club pre

Joy for president’s team

Successful coaches – (from left) Anthony O’Riordan, Lee Soper and Nic Lloyd

Colchester are ready for life in the national league

Successful season throughout for Colchester Rugby Club

Successful season throughout for Colchester Rugby Club

SHOWING THEIR SKILLS: Harwich’s under-11s.

Mini aces earn lots of praise

Colchester secure title and promotion to national league

Colchester secure title and promotion to national league

It's winner takes all in Colchester's promotion clash at Eton Manor

It's winner takes all in Colchester's promotion clash at Eton Manor

Colchester victory sets the stage for promotion game

Colchester victory sets the stage for promotion game

Saying goodbye – Mersea legend Jon Williams (centre front) with his team-mates

Williams says goodbye to Mersea Island

That will do nicely - Callum Irvine touches down for his fifth try for Colchester against Ruislip.

Free-scoring Colchester claim emphatic victory

Colchester's youngsters are Eastern Counties champions

Pace - Colchester's James Crozier attacks Thurrock at speed during his side's 83-7 win.

Baker's dozen proves lucky for leaders Colchester

Showing the way - Tim Grimsey coaches some of his England Counties rugby players.

Grimsey proud to lead England Counties team to victory

Ollie Pickett – pictured during the game in which he scored his award-winning try

Pickett's try takes top prize

Clacton set for basement battle

Clacton set for basement battle

Colchester under-16s regain their trophy

Mersea Island's good run comes to an abrupt halt

Mersea Island's good run comes to an abrupt halt

Pressure – Colchester on a charge at Old Priorians

Colchester pass the 1,000 points mark at Old Priorians

O'Riordan wants his Colchester players to have clear heads

O'Riordan wants his Colchester players to have clear heads

England chance was brilliant for Grimsey

England chance was brilliant for Grimsey

Seasiders' relegation is confirmed

Seasiders' relegation is confirmed

Determined – Matt Rose running at the Wisbech defence on his way to a hat-trick

Mersea win again but without skipper Williams

Making hay – Colchester’s Graeme Hay takes up the attack

Top dogs Colchester silence Barking

First rugby sevens academy is to be launched

First rugby sevens academy is to be launched

Understrength Seasiders do their club proud

Understrength Seasiders do their club proud

Table-toppers are sunk by Harwich

Table-toppers are sunk by Harwich

Leaders Colchester are rampant at Woodford

Leaders Colchester are rampant at Woodford

Depleted Seasiders lose out

Depleted Seasiders lose out

Harwich are defeated in Suffolk Cup semi-final

Harwich are defeated in Suffolk Cup semi-final

Leaders Colchester in rampant form

Leaders Colchester in rampant form

Getting carried away: Two-try scorer Matt Rose (left) and chairman Dave Bredin (right) help triple-try scorer Eddie Smith off after the game

Mersea secure another win at the Glebe

Clacton denied victory as match is abandoned

Clacton denied victory as match is abandoned

Try: James Mitchell ploughs over the line for Colchester.

Colchester battle to tight win in the snow

Islanders fall to defeat against Crusaders

Islanders fall to defeat against Crusaders

Harwich and Dovercourt prepare for tough test against Clacton

Harwich and Dovercourt prepare for tough test against Clacton

On the attack – Colchester’s James McRae bursts through

Colchester dig deep for bonus-point win

Five points – Mersea’s Brendan Cook is driven over for a try

Best performance of season delights Mersea skipper

Clacton take heart from defeat

Clacton take heart from defeat

Colchester face 'biggest' game of the season

Colchester face 'biggest' game of the season

Preview of the weekend's rugby action

Preview of the weekend's rugby action

Strength - Luton find that Colchester's Ollie Pickett takes a lot of stopping during the leaders' 24-7 victory.

Colchester edge ahead in tight promotion race

Colchester coach O'Riordan ready for Luton challenge

Colchester coach O'Riordan ready for Luton challenge

Local sides go in search of victory

Local sides go in search of victory

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