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Rugby Union: Andrew Moreland excited for future with Barking after stepping up to director of rugby role

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 January 2018

The look on the faces of the Barking players says it all as they suffer at Gale Street (pic Tim Edwards)

The look on the faces of the Barking players says it all as they suffer at Gale Street (pic Tim Edwards)

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Forwards coach of Gale Street club steps up to take top role with London Two South East side

Andrew Moreland says he is excited to take over as director of rugby at London Two South East club Barking.

Moreland steps up from his role as forwards coach with the Gale Street club, while head coach Richard Tonkin, previously of London Welsh, has left his position.

With Barking currently bottom of the table, Moreland will hope his appointment leads to an upturn in displays.

But whatever happens this term, the new director of rugby is already planning for the seasons ahead with the Gale Street club.

“I’m looking forward to being the director of rugby at Barking and it can help me in my work to create a club for the community and the younger people in the borough,” he said.

“Hopefully it leads to an upturn in displays in the coming weeks as well.

“Conversations have been held about next year and they have been positive, so hopefully a lot of the players stay around.”

Barking returned to action last week with a 92-0 loss at home to Horsham in the league.

It was their first game of 2018 after the league took a break for Christmas.

Prior to the festive break, Moreland spoke of his hope for more players to join the Gale Street club, and it seems he may have got his wish.

“We’ve seen numbers rise at training which is positive and we’re happy to welcome players of all abilities,” he added.

“Anyone who is looking to work off some of the Christmas turkey is welcome to join!”

Next up for Barking is a trip to Heathfield on Saturday as they look for their first win of the campaign.

And Moreland is keen for his side to build on a solid opening on against Horsham this weekend.

“I wasn’t around earlier in the season and haven’t come up against Heathfield for a while, but you still expect them to be an organised side,” he said.

“For us, we have to stick to the plan that worked for the first 20 minutes against Horsham and try to keep it like that for as long as possible.”

When Barking hosted Heathfield back at the end of September, Moreland’s men suffered a 41-3 loss.

The Gale Street club will hope to earn an element of revenge this weekend as the new director of rugby looks for his first win at the helm.

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