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Rugby Union: Barking confirm Ollie Smith has stepped down as head coach

PUBLISHED: 14:18 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:18 02 August 2017

Ollie Smith has stepped down as Barking head coach to take up a similar role with Bury St Edmunds (pic: Paul Page)

Ollie Smith has stepped down as Barking head coach to take up a similar role with Bury St Edmunds (pic: Paul Page)

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Ex-England international has stepped down as head coach of Gale Street club to take up similar role at Bury St Edmunds and has been replaced by Richard Tonkin

Ollie Smith has stepped down from his role as Barking head coach to take up a similar position with Bury St Edmunds of the National League Two South.

The former British & Irish Lions tourist has been replaced by ex-London Welsh defence coach Richard Tonkin in the post with the London Two South East club.

Smith, though, will continue to have an involvement with Barking as the Gale Street club’s senior rugby consultant and head of community coaching.

A statement from Barking chairman Dave Lancaster read: “Following the recent announcement from Bury St Edmunds regarding the appointment of Ollie Smith as their new head coach, I would like to clarify Barking’s position for next season.

“Ollie Smith will continue with Barking as senior rugby consultant and head of community coaching.

“We welcome as our newly appointed head coach Richard Tonkin, formerly of London Welsh.”

The news will come as a blow to the Gale Street club, who are due to play their first pre-season friendly at home to Romford on August 12.

Barking will begin the London Two South West campaign away to Dartfordians on September.

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