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Barking & Dagenham College enter rugby teams into a new league

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 August 2017

Barking & Dagenham College rugby academy (Pic: Wow Marketing)

Barking & Dagenham College rugby academy (Pic: Wow Marketing)

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Barking & Dagenham college have entered two teams into the AOC leagues for the first time ever this season, writes Jacob Ranson.

The college rugby team won the rugby union Men’s East league Three in the 2015/16 season and finished runners-up of the rugby union Men’s East league Two last season.

The side went from being a dominant force the year before and winning everything to facing very strong teams that they had not faced before such as Colne College, who eventually went on to win the league.

The development of the players and the maturity shone on game days and in training which allowed them to win every game in the league except the two fixtures against Colne and narrowly missing out on winning the league title.

While, the second team played in the rugby union East league Three and went undefeated even when coming up against strong opposing sides such as Robert Clack, who have had an established academy for many years.

The side showed great progression getting stronger and stronger with each game, which reflected in many of their scores by only conceding a few tries during the season.

Over the year the college also entered many Cups such as the local Essex cup and two National cups such as the NatWest cup, and AOC 7s competition.

Within these cups the team showed great ability, getting to the semi-final of the Essex cup beating teams such as Brentwood School and only missing out narrowly on reaching the final due to a very hard fought game against Seevic College, who are a very well-known rugby academy.

In the NatWest cup the team gained some great experience in their games playing schools and colleges that we don’t normally play, they reached the third round of the cup, before losing again to Seevic College.

They also entered the AOC 7s competition for the first time and won the regional competition, before representing South East London in the national finals weekend in Nottingham.

The college is now preparing for more rugby success this season.

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