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Barking look to build on solid foundations

PUBLISHED: 13:42 03 September 2009 | UPDATED: 12:49 11 August 2010

IN CHARGE: Barking coach Alex Codling

IN CHARGE: Barking coach Alex Codling

BARKING director of rugby Alex Codling is looking for his side to build on last season s excellent form during this campaign. The Goresbrook-based side start their National Two South season on Saturday with a home game against Shelford, and follow up with

BARKING director of rugby Alex Codling is looking for his side to build on last season's excellent form during this campaign.

The Goresbrook-based side start their National Two South season on Saturday with a home game against Shelford, and follow up with another home match against Canterbury a week later.

Barking finished seventh after a poor start to last season and former England international Codling is looking for the improvements to continue.

"The target is to carry on the form we showed in the second half of the season and finish as high up the league as possible," he said.

"I am very happy with the make up of the squad. We have kept the squad together which finished the season so well last year and added a few new faces in key positions.

"The majority of the squad are once again young, homegrown and keen to develop, aided by a couple of players with a lot of experience under their belts."

Codling is happy with the way the squad has gelled so far and is confident after a successful pre-season.

"It has gone very well. The boys have worked extremely hard over the last 10 weeks," he said.

"I am delighted to have Kevin Sorrell (Saracens) on board as assistant coach this season.

"We have had two pre-season games so far. The first against my old club - Ebbw Vale - which the boys won 20-7.

"Wales is always a tough place to go and that was a very positive start.

"Then we played Esher at Goresbrook, and in a very entertaining game, we just came up just short, losing 38-34.

"This was a great result, bearing in mind Esher were playing in the National One last year and were full time."

After what seems some good preparation, Codling is keeping his cards close to his chest about how he feels the league will end up.

"Rosslyn Park have recruited heavily. Ealing are always there or there abouts and the teams that were relegated last season will be looking to bounce straight back up," he said.

"Every team in this league can beat everybody else, it just depends on who delivers on the day," concluded the Barking coach.


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