Coventry Rugby Club are
looking to the Premiership after their eighth win on the bounce set a
The long term goal for the
club is to get into the top flight and work towards recalling the
glory days of the 1970s.
Saturday’s 19-8 victory over
Orrell was a club record for the second division. Promotion is a
long-faded dream this season because of a dreadful start by Coventry
and runaway success by full-time Leeds and Worcester.
With the issue over promotion
and relegation to Premiership One still unresolved, and in danger of
ending up in court, the Coundon Road side is taking a long-term
perspective view of its ambitions.
Rugby administrator Ian
Carvell said the club is half through a five-year plan that will
eventually see it in a new stadium in the Butts in Earlsdon.
Plans for the new ground, on
the disused athletics track, have been discussed for several years,
but could start to become reality.
“We’ve gone through a
difficult financial period and learned our lessons.
“Our plan is to become a
premiership club, but at the right time.
“We have got good support
and a good chairman, and more businesses in the city are getting
“We are moving forward in
the right direction.”
Carvell said the club now has
an excellent squad to start pushing for distinction on the pitch, and
the recent unbeaten run showed this.
”I don’t go in for
statistics much, but it is a good run.
“We didn’t start the
season well for a number of reasons. Our squad wasn’t in place
Arrivals such as Tonga captain
Elisa Vunipola and Mark Tinnock and Craig Turvey from Sale, helped
strengthen the squad into a cohesive and victorious unit.
“We work well as a team
and we just have to keep the squad together. On this form we could
have challenged the rich sides for promotion if we had played like
this all season.”