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South Wales back in training

South Wales Scorpions' new coach Dave Clark gets his players back into training today (Monday) for the 2012 Cooperative Championship 1 season as the Neath-based club look for promotion at the third attempt.
South Wales back in training
by NRL

South Wales Scorpions' new coach Dave Clark gets his players back into training today (Monday) for the 2012 Cooperative Championship 1 season as the Neath-based club look for promotion at the third attempt.

Clark's appointment is a massive boost to the club. Cardiff-born, he played top level Rugby League in Australia with the old Gold Coast Chargers club before moving to the UK to sign for Barrow in 1999.

He then made 136 appearances for the Cumbrian side as a player between 1999 and 2006 before becoming assistant and then head coach, leading them to a Championship Grand Final win in 2009 in his first season as head coach, enabling them to apply for a Super League place.

Now, still in employment with Wigan Warriors, where he has been recently working as a Player Development Coach, he has been seconded down to South Wales as part of the partnership between Scorpions and the Super League club, and he can't wait to get going.

"We have a plan for developing Rugby League in Wales," Clark said. "Being Welsh born I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it when Wigan set up the arrangement.

"I think it's a total honour to be part of it and the family are really proud of me to be involved with Welsh Rugby League. It's an exciting time for everyone in Welsh Rugby League especially South Wales Scorpions and we can't wait to get going.

"We have to build on what the club has started over the last two years, that's the most important thing. We have to improve on everything and get a good squad together. We've worked hard lately to get new training facilities and have created a really good professional environment for the Scorpions. We start training this week for the season that kicks off in February to provide the best opportunity for the players to do well next season."

He has set his ambitions high. After two years of Scorpions development before his arrival in South Wales and with the club bringing through some quality players, Clark has just one aim in mind.

"It's going to be another challenging season for the club but the aim is promotion," Clark said. "We want to be one of the four who get promoted to the Championship for 2013. It'll take a lot of hard work and I'm looking forward to it all."

The 40-year old won two caps for Wales in 2004 but his accent is more Brisbane than Bridgend.

"My family moved out to Australia when I was four years old," he explains. "I was born in Cardiff and lived in Canton for my first four years.

"I'm delighted that I've been given the opportunity to come down and work for the Scorpions through Wigan - it's a fantastic opportunity for me and it'll be good to coach in my home country for the first time."

South Wales Scorpions' range of 2012 season tickets and memberships are now available to buy online from just &;5 with international memberships also available. To book, go to http://www.scorpionsrl.com/page.php?id=1291.




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