Beaconsfield Rugby Club have announced a new coaching set-up for next season as head coach Simon Tattersall leaves the club at the end of the season.

The new head coach will be Tom French, formerly of Wasps and England Saxons player. Tom will be supported on a consultancy basis by Frazer McArdell, who has recently returned from Singapore having coached the senior national side for the past two and half years and current first XV player, Aled Lewis, who will assume responsibility for the backs.

French played over 40 times for Wasps and his second ever cap was in the Heineken Cup final versus Leicester Tigers in Twickenham. French won a number of awards during his career with Wasps as well as winning the Churchill Cup with England in 2008. Unfortunately, he picked up a nasty Achilles injury and ended his premiership career whilst still in its relative infancy.

That didn't deter French and he continued to play for a number of years playing for London Welsh, Tring and Barking, where he started his coaching career. Most recently he has been forward coach at Westcombe Park in Kent.

McArdell had been with the Singapore national team since 2016, helping them gain promotion to Division One in his first season, and retaining that status in his second.

Alongside his other coaching duties, McArdell will specialise in strength and conditioning and video analysis as the club look to further cement our league position for 2019/20.

Lewis, who has played at Beaconsfield now for the past two years will focus on coaching the attacking play.

Directors of Rugby, Nick Wood and Noel O’Mahony, have gone through an extensive selection process to get French on board.

O'Mahony said: "It is a hugely exciting time for the club, we are playing open expansive rugby, attracting huge crowds on a regular basis. The club’s mini and youth structure is providing a conveyor belt of talent into the senior squad, with eight of the starting team last Saturday coming through the mini/junior teams. Our aspiration is to become the best amateur club in the region, having three regular senior seniors and occasional vets and ensuring our one club ethos goes throughout the whole club.

"Simon has done a fantastic job over the past six years and we are determined to build on the successful platform he has created. He has been the best coach this club has ever had. These appointments will hopefully help us achieve these ambitions offering players the most professional set-up and coaching in an amateur environment.

"Tom is very insightful and unassuming and it is a real coup to get someone of his calibre in and he and Frazer will work so well together. Frazer has a lot of experience and that will be invaluable for us."