Barking Rugby Football Club

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Full name Barking Rugby Union Football Club
Founded 1930; 84 years ago (1930)
Location Becontree, Dagenham, London, England
Ground(s) Goresbrook (Capacity: 1000)
Coach(es) England Nick Warren
Captain(s) England Craig Ratford
League(s) National League 2 South
2012–13 15th (relegated)
Team kit
Official website

Barking RFC is an English rugby union team based in Barking, east London and currently play in the fifth tier of the English rugby union league system the National League 3 London & SE.


Park Modern Old Boys[edit]

The club was founded in 1930, under the name of Park Modern Old Boys. In 1926 the Park Modern School in Barking was founded and the headmaster decided that the school would play rugby, despite football being the most popular sport in the area. As a result, the Old Boys team was created four years later and won 16 out of 19 games in its inaugural season.

Barking RFC[edit]

Old Boys continued to prosper after the war. In 1974 they were declared no longer an Old Boys team, and so were obliged to change their name to Barking Park RFC, which became just Barking RFC in 1976.

Barking were successful upon the introduction of leagues and moved slowly up the league ladder. It is widely known that Jason Leonard, the most internationally capped prop in the history of rugby union began his club career at Barking. In 1989 Barking opened their current ground at Goresbrook, Dagenham and have remained there since. They reached the National Leagues in 1994. After winning National Division Three South in the 2004-05 season, Barking enjoyed two seasons in National Division Two before being relegated in 2007. The season began with a crushing 63-10 defeat at the hands of newly promoted Mounts Bay, who were eventually crowned champions. This set the tone for a season in which the Eastenders were constantly staving off the threat of relegation. However, Barking survived by the narrowest of margins after defeating the very team who had destroyed them on the opening day and finished the league as champions. The 16-14 win at Goresbrook was enough to send Bristol-based Clifton down by a single point and secure another season of National League rugby for Essex and London's East End.

Comedian and actor Nick Frost, known for his many film and television collaborations with Simon Pegg, is an ex-player.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Player Position Union
Alatise Ale Prop Samoa Samoa
Tom Alexander Lock England England
Eddie Ambrose Prop England England
Francis Ambrose Hooker England England
Basil Api Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Scott Baker Prop Australia Australia
Rob Batho Flanker England England
Adam Bishop Number 8 Wales Wales
Marcus Bloomberg Hooker England England
Steve Bowyer Flanker England England
Harry Bryan Fullback England England
Alistair Buchanan Prop England England
Dean Cadby Hooker England England
Dan Collier Lock England England
Joseph Cook Scrum-half England England
Paul Daly Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Pawel Denisiuk Lock Poland Poland
Reece Durrance Hooker England England
Player Position Union
Andy Eaton Scrum-half England England
Paul Everitt Number 8 England England
Sean Flannery Centre England England
Alex Foster Fullback England England
David Kearsey Flanker England England
Joseph Leota Number 8 Samoa Samoa
Shaun Turner Centre England England
Sean Morris Wing England England
Sean Mullins Prop England England
James Ngan Flanker England England
Laurie Osunsami Wing England England
Harry Owens Fly-half England England
Paul Pickworth Flanker England England
Sebastian Rate Prop England England
Craig Ratford Fly-half England England
John Robinson Number 8 England England
Ian Rudgeley Fly-half England England
Scott Shaw Wing England England
Glen Stannard Centre England England
Inam Udo-Udoma Centre Nigeria Nigeria
Robert Gardner Flanker Poland Poland

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