Barking Rugby Football Club

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Full name Barking Rugby Union Football Club
Founded 1930; 87 years ago (1930)
Location Becontree, Dagenham, London, England
Ground(s) Goresbrook (Capacity: 1,000)
Coach(es) England Ollie Smith
Captain(s) England TBC
League(s) London 1 North
2016-17 14th (relegated to London 2 North East
Team kit
Official website

Barking RFC is an English rugby union team based in Barking, east London and currently play in the sixth tier of the English rugby union league system, London 1 North.


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 Second World 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 Barking RFC in 1976.

Barking were successful upon the introduction of leagues and moved slowly up the league ladder. 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.


International player[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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

Player Position Union
Geoff Hughes Prop England England
Sean Mullins Flanker England England
Darren Bowles Hooker England England
Rob Anderson Hooker England England
Jack Pearce Second row England England
Stephen Hayes Flanker England England
Joe Forde Prop England England
Dave Humphreys Flanker England England
Kane Bennett Flanker England England
Jack Longhurst Centre England England
Nathan Barham Fullback England England
David Howard Prop Australia Australia
Andrew Moreland Hooker England England
Connor Baker Scrum-half England England
Joe Cook Scrum-half England England
Chris Steadman Fly-half England England
Sam Clark Fly-half England England
Zak Myers Centre England England
Fabio Fly-half England England
Shaun Turner Fly-half England England
Nathan Barham Fullback England England
Teddie Duke Centre England England
Prop England England
Tom Bateman Prop England England

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