The departure of Ralston Gabriel won’t see Ian Allinson desperately search for a direct replacement.
Alex Powdrell’s impressive hat-trick proved to be in vain as St Albans Centurions were left to rue a slow start away to Brentwood Eels.
There will be one thing high up on Ryan Thompson’s Christmas wish-list this year – a striker.
Ben Earl delivered an ominous warning to the rest of the league after Saracens destroyed Cardiff Blues in the Heineken Champions Cup - you still haven’t seen the best of us.
Steve Buckle led the way for St Albans Striders when a contingent headed north to Bedford for a half marathon.
Lewis Hamilton has won the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship for a fifth time – equalling the great Juan Manuel Fangio.