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Saracens international celebrates with Hackney Rugby Club

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 September 2010 | UPDATED: 14:47 07 September 2010

Hayden Smith of Saracens gives his support to the Hackney Rugby team at The Florence in Islington on 2nd September 2010

Hayden Smith of Saracens gives his support to the Hackney Rugby team at The Florence in Islington on 2nd September 2010

Olivia Harris, oliviaharris@mac.com 07881 810 878

Sponsorship with Finsbury Park pub announced

FEW things in life go together better than rugby and pubs and one Hackney sports team hopes this combination will leave a lasting legacy.

Hackney Rugby Football Club is linking with The Florence pub in Florence Street, Islington, who will be the team’s sponsor for three years.

The duo hope to develop an under-19’s and women’s team as well as improve and promote all current teams.

The occasion was marked with a visit to the pub and team from Hayden Smith of Guinness Premiership side Saracens on Thursday September 2.

Iain Richards, events manager, The Florence, said: “It was a fantastic night and a wonderful way to begin what will be a winning partnership.”

Saracens are currently developing a community rugby programme with Hackney and The Florence.

Hayden congratulated the players and staff before staying for a question and answer session as rugby shirts and photos were attached to the walls commemorating the club’s history.

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