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RUGBY UNION: Corker calls on Exiles to maintain high standards
10:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in Rugby
London Welsh must bring their A game every week in the Greene King IPA Championship if they are to be in contention for a top-four finish, says club captain Matt Corker.
The Exiles made it two wins from two last Sunday with victory over Nottingham at Meadow Lane to go second in the table, having beaten Bedford Blues at Allianz Park in their first match.
But Corker believes Welsh can ill afford to rest on their laurels given the fiercely competitive nature of the league.
The lock will make his 187th appearance for the club against Plymouth Albion today as the Exiles pay their Championship game at the Kassam Stadium.
It’s a competition in which Corker has earned his stripes.
Having featured in Welsh’s very first Championship fixture, against Bristol at the Memorial Stadium on September 5, 2009, he played a prominent role in the club’s promotion season of 2011/12, and is therefore well placed to comment on the quality of the league.
“The Championship is so competitive that everyone brings their A game every week,” said Corker.
“It’s a fantastic standard of rugby and there are all different types of professionals plying their trade.
“You’ve got guys just starting out who really want to make a name for themselves, and then you’ve got players towards the end of their careers just enjoying the game.
“That mix is really exciting and produces a very good brand of rugby.
“In comparison to the season we were promoted, the standard has definitely gone up in the Championship.”
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