Codling to join coaching team for 2016-17 season
Ealing Trailfinders are delighted to announce that Alex Codling will be joining the club’s coaching team from the start of the 2016-17 season.
Codling knows the club well from his time at Rosslyn Park, whom he twice led to second place finishes in National 1 during his tenure at the Rock from 2013 to 2015.
Since leaving south-west London following the 2014-15 season he has been coaching at Ulster Rugby and he will now join up with Director of Coaching Ben Ward and the rest of the coaching team at the end of the current campaign.
“I have had many encounters against Ealing Trailfinders when coaching Barking and most recently with Rosslyn Park last season, ” Codling said. “We pushed them all of the way to the end of the season so I got to know them pretty well.
“It is a club with real potential and ambition. It is an exciting project to be part of and they have the facilities to support this. I am very much looking forward to working with Ben and the players.”
Prior to moving into coaching the 42-year-old Codling had an impressive playing career in which he won one cap for England, against Argentina in Buenos Aires in 2002.
The Lewisham-born second-row began his career with Richmond then played for Neath before he played for Harlequins, Northampton Saints and Saracens in the Premiership and Montpellier in the Top 14.
He began his coaching career with Ebbw Vale and while there won the Welsh Coach of the Year. He then joined the London Welsh coaching staff before moving onto Barking as Head Coach and then London Scottish, as forwards’ coach.
In 2012 he joined led Rotherham Titans for a season, when he then accepted the job at Rosslyn Park.
“As we know from first-hand experience Alex is a top class coach and his teams have always been very hard to play against, ” Ward said.
“I and the rest of the coaching staff are very much looking forward to working with him and we know he will bring a lot of knowledge and expertise to our squad.”