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Rotherham Titans Coach Alex Codling
Rotherham Titans Coach Alex Codling
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Bob Westerdale talks with Alex Codling, aged 39, is head coach of Rotherham Titans Rugby Union club.

What have you been doing today?

Coaching the Rotherham Titans in preparation for a British & Irish Cup match v Plymouth Albion. (They won 21-3)

Who is your inspiration and why?

Martin Johnson MBE. Having played with him and against him many times he was an outstanding leader and motivator.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

Sir Ian Botham. An outstanding cricketer who had the ability to change a game very quickly no matter what the situation and always backed himself.

What’s your favourite other sport?


Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Jonny Wilkinson.

When was the last time you cried?

When I was Head Coach at Barking two years ago, we had won 27 matches and drawn 1 after 28 rounds and we were playing London Scottish in a winner takes all promotion match to get into the Championship. We were leading with a minute to go and had possession in their 22 before a pass was intercepted and the player went the length of the pitch to score.

Who or what are you most proud of?

Winning my England Cap v Argentina away in Buenos Aires in 2002 a match we won 26-18.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

To take everyday as it comes.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

The fact I was 6’6” by the age of 12 years old meant I was pretty good in the lineout in rugby at school!

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My mobile phone. I would be lost without it.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Making my debut for England v Barbarians at Twickenham in front of a full house.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

You can never doubt yourself when you are a professional Head Coach but it is important to hold your hands up when you get things wrong.

What is your view on social networks like twitter and Facebook?

I don’t like them.

How do you relax away from sport?

Watching Sky Sports. I love watching darts, golf and football

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

I haven’t been on one for six years. My partner and I went to New York and did so much walking whilst sightseeing I needed another holiday when I got back! Great City but not a place for a relaxing break.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

I am useless at cooking. I make a mean chicken salad! My partner Viv is a fantastic cook so I am very lucky.

What was the last book you read?

Shane Warne’s Autobiography. He is a very interesting character.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

Director of Sport at a school.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

I have had a vast array of sporting experiences. Many highs and lows but have always tried to do the best I can no matter what the situation.