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Bishop's Stortford visit Blackheath in National League 1 hours after England go for Rugby World Cup glory against South Africa




Andy Long is targeting a double celebration this Saturday as Bishop's Stortford visit Blackheath shortly after England take on South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final.

The director of rugby saw his side pick up their first home National League 1 win of the campaign at the weekend as they saw off high-flying Rams 21-11.

Baxter Wilson and James Ayrton scored the tries and fly-half Brad Burr kicked the rest of the points as they moved up two places to 10th in the table.

Stortford now visit fourth-placed Blackheath, who have four more points and triumphed 26-21 at Plymouth Albion last time out.

The game had been brought forward to Friday with an 8pm kick off due to the World Cup final in Japan, which gets under way at 9am on Saturday, but will now take place on Saturday at 2.30pm.

"Anyone can beat anyone so I don't think there's as much home advantage in our league as there used to be," said Long. "It's clearly great to get a win at home against a side that's been doing really well.

"It puts us in a nice position going to Blackheath and hopefully we can build on it with another good performance.

"They're a good side who are very well coached and have dangerous players, but we always enjoy the challenge against them.

"We've got a few bumps and bruises and a few guys who are a bit sore, but I'm sure it will be a great game.

"It's fantastic that England are in the World Cup final and fully deserved because they've played a brilliant tournament so far. Their performance against the All Blacks [in the semi-final] was outstanding."



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