TOP BAR - Fixtures

Club captain Matt Corker re-signs to London Welsh

London Welsh’s bid to capture next season’s Championship title has received a huge boost with Matt Corker signing a new deal with the club.

Next season will be the London Welsh club captain’s ninth at the club, during which time the second row has made 223 appearances for the Exiles in all matches, scoring five tries.
 
Corker becomes the fourteenth London Welsh player to re-sign to the club, with seven players already under contract for next season. The club has also announced nine new signings for the 2015/16 Championship campaign.
 
Coker made his debut for the Exiles in September 2007 in National League 1 during a season long loan from Wasps, and made the move permanent the following season.
 
He reached two Championship semi-finals with the Exiles before being part of the club’s successful 2011/12 campaign. He was made club captain for the 2013/14 Championship season but a heart condition would limit him to just 14 appearances, as he sat out five months of last year’s promotion winning campaign after being diagnosed with Atrial fibrillation – a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate.
 
Corker returned, however, to play a significant role in the Championship play-offs and was man of the match in the Exiles’ 1st leg final win over Bristol at the Kassam Stadium.
 
London Welsh Director of Rugby Steve Lewis said: "Matt is hugely respected by players, coaches and supporters alike at London Welsh and his decision to commit to the club once again is a massive statement and hugely significant.
 
"Matt is a model professional, both on and off the pitch, and as a two-time Championship winner his experience of that league will be invaluable. His expertise at the lineout is well documented and in addition to his playing responsibilities next season, Matt will also be line-out coach within our coaching structure."
 
Matt Corker said: "I am really pleased to have re-signed with London Welsh and extend my time with the club that I love so much, and I am thankful to Steve Lewis and the Board for giving me the opportunity to do so.
 
"I’m also really grateful to head coach Rowland Philips for allowing me to further my development as lineout coach next year, a role that I am really excited to be fulfilling. After such a tough season I’m really looking forward to drawing on the lessons we’ve learnt to ensure our upcoming Championship campaign is a successful one."
 
Re-signed for 2015/16:
Seb Jewell, Alan Awcock, Nic Reynolds, James Lewis, Will Robinson, Nathan Trevett, Koree Britton, Nathan Morris, Ben Cooper, Olly Barkley, Rob Lewis, Ben Pienaar, Chris Elder and Matt Corker.
 
Already under contract for 2015/16:
Richard Thorpe, Ben West, Ricky Reeves, Jack Gilding, Eddie Aholelei, Josh McNally and Jesse Liston.
 
New signings:
Josh Drauniniu (Worcester Warriors), Martyn Thomas (Wasps), Guy Armitage (London Irish), Kieran Murphy (Brive), Ryan Hodson (Jersey), Gus Jones (Wasps), Will Skuse (Bath Rugby), Joe Carlisle (Treviso) and Josh Davies (Plymouth Albion).
 
Tickets: London Welsh vs Saracens
Tickets for London Welsh’s Aviva Premiership fixture with Saracens on Saturday 16th May (kick-off 3:30pm) at the Kassam Stadium are available here or by calling the London Welsh Ticket Office on 01865 717661.
 

Latest News

European fixtures to be released today

The fixtures for the 2017/18 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season will be announced on Tuesday, 22 August at 3.00pm…

Bermuda sets Saracens up for Philadelphia, says Chris Wyles

Social media would suggest that Saracens were just having a laugh in Bermuda last week during pre-season, but nothing could…

Chris Wyles

Joe Launchbury named as Wasps captain for 2017/18

England lock Joe Launchbury continues as Wasps’ captain for the 2017/18 season, having led the side to the Aviva Premiership…

Joe Launchbury

Wasps and Under Armour launch 150th anniversary season kit

Inspired by Wasps’ rich history and combined with Under Armour’s innovative technology, the new kits will be worn by the…

Wasps Kit 17/18

Bath Rugby to continue supporting existing charity partners for the 2017/18 season

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that the Club will continue to support Bath Cats and Dogs Home, RUH Forever…

Bath Supporters

Anthony Perenise re-joins Bath Rugby for 2017/18 campaign

Bath Rugby is delighted to announce that tighthead prop Anthony Perenise will be re-joining the Club in time for the…

Anthony Perenise

Wasps name team for Connacht clash

Dai Young has named a 27-man squad to take on Connacht Rugby at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday evening, kick-off…

Defensive display pleases Kennedy

London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy was pleased with his side’s defensive display during Friday’s 29-6 victory over Ealing…

Three charities to benefit from Wasps 150th anniversary season

Wasps are proving that charity begins at home as they gear up to mark the club’s 150th anniversary. Dai Young’s…

Wasps celebrate

Temporary replacement period for off-field HIA now fixed at ten minutes

World Rugby has approved an amendment to law making it mandatory for players who undertake an off-field screening under the…

Toby Flood starts for Newcastle Falcons against Rotherham Titans

Toby Flood makes the first start of his second spell at Newcastle Falcons on Saturday when they host Rotherham Titans…

Joe Marler commits to Harlequins until 2021

Harlequins is thrilled to announce today, Friday 18th August, that England and British and Irish Lions prop, Joe Marler, has…

Joe Marler

Rokoduguni starts for Bath Rugby against Ospreys

Semesa Rokoduguni will make his first appearance of pre-season when Bath Rugby take on Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium on…

Harlequins team to play Jersey Reds

Harlequins has announced the squad to play Jersey Reds in the final match of the 2017/18 pre-season campaign, at The…

Francis Saili

Stringer starts for Worcester Warriors at Birmingham Moseley

Summer signing Peter Stringer will get his first start for Warriors on Friday night as his side take on Birmingham…

London Irish name side for Ealing Trailfinders clash

London Irish have named a 30-man squad for this Friday’s pre-season clash with Ealing Trailfinders at Hazelwood (kick-off 7.30pm). The…

Gloucester Rugby announce line-ups for preseason friendly at Leinster

Gloucester Rugby will give game time to a number of their first team squad in Leinster on Friday evening as…

American rugby players and coaches to get once in a lifetime opportunity

Thirty American rugby players and coaches are being handed the chance of a lifetime to train in England with Premiership…

Stephen Myler: Northampton Saints ready to fight for the title

Stephen Myler is predicting the closest ever Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign and believes his Northampton Saints side will be right…