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RUGBY UNION: Exiles bank on Barkley

Oxford Mail: Olly Barkley eyes up a penalty for England during the 2007 World Cup. The former Bath and Gloucester stand-off is the first of London Welsh’s new signings Olly Barkley eyes up a penalty for England during the 2007 World Cup. The former Bath and Gloucester stand-off is the first of London Welsh’s new signings

FORMER England fly half Olly Barkley says he can’t wait to get stuck in after joining London Welsh.

The 32-year-old stand-off is the first of several signings the Exiles are set to unveil having secured promotion back to the Aviva Premiership last week.

Barkley, who joins Oxford-based Welsh after a four-month spell with the Scarlets, has won 23 caps for his country and was a World Cup runner-up in 2007.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to being part of what looks to be a great coaching team and a talented group of players.

“There looks to be a spirit amongst the group that I can’t wait to be involved with and I’m looking forward to the challenge of the Premiership with them all, and helping the club further establish itself at the Kassam Stadium and in Oxford.”

Barkley’s signing came as Welsh announced their Premiership home games would be at 2.30pm on Sundays unless otherwise dictated by television.

The fly half underlined his promise by making his England debut against USA in June 2001 aged 19 – before he had played a first-team game for Bath.

Barkley added on Twitter: “Can finally say I’ll be staying with my Welsh roots next year and signing for @LondonWelshRFC Can’t wait to get back to @premrugby and take on the challenge with what looks to be a team with talent and huge spirit. See you all soon!”

Greene King IPA Championship winners Welsh believe Barkley’s signing shows their intention to be “very competitive” in the top flight.

Head coach Justin Burnell said: “Olly has a wealth of experience, both at club and international level, and he’s exactly the type of player we’re looking for.

“He’s got a fantastic game understanding and his other biggest strong point is his accuracy with the ball.

“His goal kicking is phenomenal and we’ll need that in the Aviva Premiership.”

As well as scoring 1,588 points in 181 Premiership appearances, Barkley has racked up 737 points in 79 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup matches.

The Exiles will learn today who their opponents will be in next season’s European Challenge Cup, while their 2014-15 season ticket launch is on Thursday at 9am.

4.40pm UPDATE: Queues beginning on A34 this evening due to Kennington roundabout work

Oxford Mail: A34 traffic alert

4:40pm Monday 28th July 2014

TRAFFIC is starting to build up back on to the A34 because of the new contraflow on the Southern Bypass because of the Kennington roundabout work.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: French rues just missing out on gold medal

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Monday 28th July 2014

Matt French admitted he had been unlucky to secure only a silver medal at Glasgow 2014.

Watch: Didcot's tumbling towers - A dawn chorus of excitement as Didcot's skyline changes forever + video

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 28th July 2014

FIFTY years of history – gone in 15 seconds. Despite Didcot’s sadness at seeing its cooling towers sink to the ground, there was applause and cheering when the moment arrived.

Hundreds join protest against Gaza war

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

OPPONENTS of Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza strip took to the streets of Oxford in support of victims of the conflict.

William, 4, is lining up for charity sports fest

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

A FOUR-year-old will take on a triathlon to raise money for the hospital ward that saved his life.

Update: Man in Blackbird Leys 'hit by car after argument with woman'

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

7:49am Monday 28th July 2014

A SILVER car mounted the pavement and hit a man in Blackbird Leys after he had been arguing with a woman, police have said. 

Comic Dom Joly is to remember a fallen ‘Dragon’

Oxford Mail:

6:40am Monday 28th July 2014

Comic Dom Joly to remember fallen Oxford Dragon School pupil

Schools told 'stop hoarding or we will claw back cash'

Oxford Mail:

5:59pm Monday 28th July 2014

SCHOOLS have been warned they should stop hoarding the £18m they have in reserves and “spend on today’s children”.

‘Gutted: My businesses has been wrecked by arsonists’

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Monday 28th July 2014

A TYRE business owner said he was “gutted” after his workshop was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

Two charged after stand-off between far-right group and ant-fascists

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Monday 28th July 2014

FOUR people were arrested after protests in Oxford on Saturday.

Music festival is a real family affair

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Monday 28th July 2014

THOUSANDS of people gathered on a meadow in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds to dance in the sun at the county’s biggest free music festival.

‘Patients run risk of being denied hip replacements’

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Monday 28th July 2014

RESIDENTS risk being denied a hip replacement because Oxfordshire NHS bosses are ignoring national guidance and taking patients’ weight into account, leading surgeons have warned.

Special service to honour Pioneers before final town parade

Oxford Mail:

12:36pm Sunday 27th July 2014

HUNDREDS of people gathered for a service in Bicester this morning to bid farewell to a regiment that has been part of the town for 70 years.

Update: 'National Front' protest and counter-protest spark disturbance at Gloucester Green bus station

Oxford Mail:

1:32pm Saturday 26th July 2014

THREE people have been arrested after protesters clashed at Gloucester Green bus station.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: July 28 live action

Oxford Mail: Oxford City's Hannah England

10:03am Monday 28th July 2014

All the Oxfordshire action from Glasgow 2014 where Hannah England begins her 1,500m campaign

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: England reaches 1,500m final

Oxford Mail: Hannah England  with captain British team

1:11pm Monday 28th July 2014

OXFORD'S Hannah England reached tomorrow night's 1,500m final at Glasgow 2014 after finishing fourth in a surprisingly quick heat today.

Oxford United sign Bolton full back Joe Riley on loan

Oxford Mail: Joe Riley

10:59am Monday 28th July 2014

OXFORD United have signed Bolton Wanderers full back Joe Riley on loan until January.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: French rues just missing out on gold medal

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Monday 28th July 2014

Matt French admitted he had been unlucky to secure only a silver medal at Glasgow 2014.

RESULTS: July 26

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

OCA League results

RESULTS: July 27

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Other cricket results

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: England ready to launch bid

Oxford Mail: Hannah England

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Oxford's Hannah England begins her quest for glory in the 1,500m heats at Hampden Park today.

CRICKET: Rowant fall to fellow strugglers Harefield

Oxford Mail: Wes Morrick in full flow against Shipton

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Aston Rowant’s relegation fears increased when they lost by nine wickets at home to fellow Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League Division 1 strugglers Harefield on Saturday.

RESULTS: July 26

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Cherwell League results

CRICKET: Tew sets up exciting victory for Banbury

Oxford Mail: Banbury’s Ian Tew plays and misses, and is grateful the ball ends up in the hands of Oxford wicket-keeper Ryan Canning rather than dismissing him

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

A sparkling innings from Ian Tew led Banbury to a thrilling last-over victory at home to Tring Park to stay in touch at the top of Division 1.

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