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Coventry Plan For Future After Record Run

Coventry Rugby Club are looking to the Premiership after their eighth win on the bounce set a club record.

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.

Carvell said:

“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 behind us.

“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.

He said:

”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 then.”

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.

Carvell added:

“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.”

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CWN / Sport / Rugby / Coventry RFC / 13 Feb 01

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