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Rugby Union: Andrew Moreland hopes player struggles ease for London Two South East battlers Barking in 2018

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 December 2017

A Barking player goes on a run earlier in the season (pic: Tim Edwards)

A Barking player goes on a run earlier in the season (pic: Tim Edwards)

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Gale Street club have at times this year struggled to name a squad

Forwards coach Andrew Moreland hopes the New Year brings a new influx of players for London Two South East battlers Barking.

The Gale Street club have struggled on several occasions this year to name a starting XV, including having to forfeit two games already this term.

With no game now until January 6, Barking will hope their player struggles ease in 2018.

And Moreland hopes there is a few new faces at training when the Gale Street outfit begin preparing for the clash with Horsham.

“Hopefully we can get a few more players joining us in January,” he said.

“There always seems to be a little lift in numbers at the start of every year.”

Barking could also soon receive a lift from a new programme designed to get former rugby players back into the sport.

‘Return to Rugby’ is an RFU-led initiative which tries to get players who have stepped away from the game back into it by playing touch rugby.

Barking’s sessions will run on Tuesday evenings, and Moreland hopes they can unearth some talent to bolster the first team in 2018.

“Hopefully the Return to Rugby programme can bring a few more through the door,” he added.

“It’s a great idea as it gets people from the local area to join as members of the club and hopefully they can progress into playing for our full contact teams.

“If we can get more people from the area participating in rugby in any form, then that will help us achieve our aims as a club.”

Barking had a struggle to name a XV for their final game of 2017 as they lost 88-12 at Charlton Park in London Two South East on Saturday.

The defeat leaves the Gale Street club rooted to the bottom of the table.

It has been a difficult term to date for Barking, but Moreland says there is reasons for optimism.

“We’re also trying to get into schools and getting youn people into our club, which should help with our ‘one club’ ethos,” he said.

“Everything we are doing is to ensure we are building a club going forward, which is what everyone wants.”

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