FIRST and foremost I must say a massive `Well done England' following their excellent 32-20 RBS Six Nations win against Ireland in Dublin last Saturday.

It's never easy to win there, but for England to also pick up a bonus point was an excellent result.

Next up are France this Sunday at Twickenham, and that should be a cracker as well.

On the local scene, another solid London Irish performance saw them into the last four of the RFU Championship Cup, beating Coventry 27-17 at Madejski Stadium.

They return to Championship action at Bedford Blues this Saturday looking for their fifth consecutive win.

And just a week after Exiles had sent Jersey Reds packing, National Two South champions-elect Rams rubbed it in for the Berkshire-based sides by routing Guernsey 59-8.

With an impressive 20 wins from 21 outings, Rams are currently 16 points clear at the top and boast an equally resounding points tally of 771 for and 309 against.

With nine games to play, they visit third-placed Tonbridge Juddians who they saw off, 33-18, at home earlier in their campaign, on Saturday.

As for my boys Reading, we make the short hop to Wallingford, sixth in Southern Counties North, on Saturday.

We are three spots below them, but after back-to-back wins, the guys should be feeling confident and some of the players will be back from injuries to help strengthen the side, such as Rob Cunningham, George Dear and Nick Burch.

They know what they need to do and it's going to be a hard match, but another win to keep the momentum going would be great.

Reading Abbey travel to Stow-on-the-Wold which won't be an easy game for them either, but, I am sure, they will give their all to battle for the win.

Luke Harding has started to develop a fine side at Rose Hill with both belief and commitment.

Lastly, third-placed Berkshire Shire Hall will go for an eighth BB&O Championship win when they visit the side just one point below them in the table, Slough-based Phoenix.