Barking & Dagenham College Rugby Academy are celebrating having reached the Essex Under 18 Cup Final after beating Colne College in a thrilling semi-final with a last-second drop goal from captain Jimmy Moore.
Head of Rugby Academy, Dean Cutting says: “The opposition we now face in the final is either New Hall School or Campion School; either will be tough opponents as both are renowned rugby playing schools, but such is the high quality that our Rugby Academy demands, this is our second final in four years.
“Along with the Essex final appearances Barking & Dagenham College Rugby Academy have had three successful league titles and three National Sevens qualifications since starting in 2015, so our expectations are high, both from an academic and on-pitch perspective.
“The season to date has been one of success with the team results as well as support for individual progression and opportunities, including having representatives at Essex County U18s and U20s following their development pathway.
“Focus for the remainder of the season is now the National AoC Sevens in Nottingham on the weekend of 26th April, but firstly the Essex final on 2nd April at Barking RFC.
“Although half of the squad are away in the South of France at present, preparation is underway and excitement is growing.”