RUGBY UNION: Exiles bank on Barkley

9:00am Tuesday 10th June 2014

By Ed Mezzetti

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.

Dagenham draw leaves Oxford United boss with mixed emotions

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Monday 1st September 2014

MICHAEL Appleton admitted he had never seen a game so wide open as Oxford United got off the mark with a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw at home to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Two-month amnesty for Oxford council tenants who sublet illegally

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

9:00am Monday 1st September 2014

Council tenants illegally subletting their homes are being given the chance to hand back the keys without prosecution.

Grandfather killed in Isle of Man motorbike crash 'died doing what he loved'

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 1st September 2014

A former Formula 1 mechanic and Eynsham driving instructor has been killed in a motorbike crash on the Isle of Man.

Police to warn students of 'legal high' risks

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Monday 1st September 2014

NEW students are to be warned by police about the dangers of so-called legal highs.

Theatrical costume charity faces final curtain after 46 years

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 1st September 2014

Wanted: a new home for 7,000 costumes, accessories and props, 3,000sq m or more.

Pub is forced to close after brawls and drug incidents

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 1st September 2014

AN OXFORD pub shut its doors for the last time on Saturday after recent incidents involving violence and drug use.

Campaigner delighted at £160m boost to cancer drug fund

Oxford Mail: Prime Minister David Cameron meeting cancer campaigner Clive Stone in 2010. Picture: Andrew Parsons

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

Cancer campaigner Clive Stone has welcomed news of a £160m boost to a drug fund set up following his fight for drug treatment.

Paedophile is jailed for plan to watch rape

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

A paedophile who planned to watch the “depraved” rape and sexual abuse of a young girl has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

d’Overbroecks College keen to make use of Oxford's old Masonic lodge

Oxford Mail: The former Masonic Lodge in Banbury Road

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

Oxford's former Masonic lodge could be turned into a school building.

This year's Bunkfest puts others in the shade

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

AS some of the last rays of summer sun beat down on Oxfordshire at the weekend, thousands turned out to celebrate the 13th annual BunkFest in Wallingford.

Musicians strike last blow of the year for Carterton bandstand

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

The sound of a traditional British summer was played out in Carterton yesterday as the town bandstand hosted its final show for the year.

Oxfordshire 'Oyster' mired in debate over technology

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

AN OYSTER-style travel card for Oxfordshire is being hampered by technology wrangles, it has been claimed.

Deal in pipeline to end row over rent rise at Oxford's Covered Market

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Monday 1st September 2014

An agreement could soon be struck to end the dispute over rent rises at Oxford’s Covered Market.

Ethics of war to be discussed at church assemblies

Oxford Mail: WAR ZONE: A scene from the new ten-part television series The Pacific that looks at the story of young US soldiers fighting the Japanese

6:30am Monday 1st September 2014

THE ethics of war will be discussed as part of a church’s plans to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Oxford United: Deadline day update

Oxford Mail:

12:10pm Monday 1st September 2014

MICHAEL Appleton says Oxford United are in advanced talks with their top target, but there are no guarantees a deal will be finalised before the deadline closes tonight.

Oxford United fans' discussion

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

12:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

Have your say on all the main talking points at Oxford United in our 60-minute interactive discussion for supporters.

VIDEO: Highlights from Oxford United's draw with Dagenham

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

11:24am Monday 1st September 2014

Oxford United got off the mark in Sky Bet League Two with a 3-3 draw at home to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

Dagenham draw leaves Oxford United boss with mixed emotions

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Monday 1st September 2014

MICHAEL Appleton admitted he had never seen a game so wide open as Oxford United got off the mark with a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw at home to Dagenham & Redbridge.

FOOTBALL: Merritt upbeat despite defeat

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Monday 1st September 2014

OXFORD City general manager Justin Merritt said he was proud of his players despite defeat at Harrogate Town on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Strafford dismissal key as Banbury lose again

Oxford Mail:

8:40am Monday 1st September 2014

BANBURY United let slip a 2-0 lead as they fell to a seventh straight league defeat this season with a 4-2 loss at Frome Town in the Southern League Premier Division.

FOOTBALL: Margetts strike condemns City to first defeat of season

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 1st September 2014

JONATHAN Margetts’ 55th-minute strike inflicted a first defeat of the season on Oxford City in their Vanarama Conference North clash at Harrogate Town on Saturday, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

FOOTBALL: Thame through after sensational comeback

Oxford Mail: football generic

8:30am Monday 1st September 2014

THAME United produced a sensational comeback to beat Highmoor Ibis 3-2 with the final kick of their FA Cup preliminary round tie on Saturday.

ROWING: Oxfordshire oarsmen star in Great Britain gold rush

Oxford Mail:

8:20am Monday 1st September 2014

GREAT Britain’s men’s eight successfully defended their title with a stunning display in Amsterdam yesterday.

Two-goal Hylton feels right at home

Oxford Mail:

8:10am Monday 1st September 2014

DANNY Hylton says the warm welcome he has received at Oxford United has been key to his flying start to the season.

Back

© Copyright 2001-2014 Newsquest Media Group

Oxford Mail: site_logo http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk

Click 2 Find Business Directory http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/trade_directory/