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Codling unveiled as Cardiff coach

Alex Codling has also coached London Welsh and Ebbw Vale
Alex Codling has also coached London Welsh and Ebbw Vale

Former England lock Alex Codling is the new head coach of Cardiff RFC after the summer departure of Justin Burnell to the regional Blues side.

Codling has accepted the part-time role after resolving matters with his current employers at a Surrey school.

The 35-year-old won the Premiership coach of the year award when he took Ebbw Vale to a second-place finish.

"Alex is a very no nonsense coach and has a 'hands on' approach to rugby," said team manager Gafyn Cooper.

"That is exactly what we were looking for."

Codling's playing career included spells with Neath and Harlequins.

He will work alongside backs coach and former Wales fly-half Lee Jarvis, along with long-serving forwards coach Howard Stone.

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London Welsh add Codling to staff
04 May 07 |  Rugby Union
Cardiff recruit Jarvis & Morgan
29 Jun 08 |  Cardiff Blues
Burnell takes Blues forward role
28 Jun 08 |  Cardiff Blues
Welsh Premiership
11 Apr 07 |  Welsh
WRU Challenge Cup archive
12 Jul 06 |  Welsh
Welsh Premiership websites
17 Aug 07 |  Welsh
BBC Sport Wales coverage
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