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Barking prove welcoming hosts to German rivals

PUBLISHED: 14:02 24 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:02 24 May 2013

A team from Barking rugby took on touring German side Witten, the twinned borough of Barking & Dagenham on Saturday

A team from Barking rugby took on touring German side Witten, the twinned borough of Barking & Dagenham on Saturday

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Bochum-Witten and Barking hope it’s the start of a fruitful relationship.

Barking Rugby Club hosted twin German city Bochum on Saturday.

And although the action on the pitch saw Barking come out as comfortable 43-7 winners against the Bochum-Witten side, it was an occasion to celebrate for the touring side.

“Barking was the natural connection with our side as Barking & Dagenham is our twinned borough,” said the German club’s PR officer Thomas Hein.

“It has been a wonderful tour and we have gained a lot of experience about British rugby through this occasion.

“The result on the pitch may have been disappointing but the occasion on the whole has been wonderful and everyone has enjoyed the experience.”

And Hein was hopeful of a future tour back to Barking or returning the favour in the future, adding: “We would love to come back again to Barking and make it a regular thing and would be more than happy to welcome them to Germany.

“We would like to thank Barking for their organisation of the event.”

A Barking spokesman said: “It was great to host our twinned city in Bochum-Witten.

“The day was a success and we’re hopeful this is a start of a lasting relationship between the club and Bochum-Witten.”

The new mayor of Barking & Dagenham, Cllr Hardial Singh Rai, was greeted by both teams before watching on from the sidelines.


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