Following the recent announcement of Simon Tattersall finishing at the end of this season, the club are delighted to announce the new coaching set up for next season.
The new Head Coach will be Tom French, Ex-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 1st XV player, Aled Lewis, who will assume responsibility for the backs.
Tom played over 40 times for Wasps and his second ever cap was in the Heineken Cup final versus Leicester Tigers in Twickenham, where he played the whole 80 mins against Julian White, acquitting himself more than admirably on his way to picking up a winners medal. Tom won a number of awards during his career with Wasps as well as winning the Churchill Cup with England in 2008. Unfortunately Tom picked up a nasty achilles injury and ended his premiership career whilst still in its relative infancy.
That didn't deter Tom 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 Tom has been forward coach at Westcombe Park in Kent.
Tom has history at Beaconsfield RFC as his wife Josie used to work part-time here a number of years back. Tom and Josie have two girls, Emme aged 7 & Theia aged 18 months.
Supporting Tom on a consultancy basis is Frazer McArdell. Frazer also has a glittering playing and coaching CV. Having played and captained his country at youth level, he came through the ranks at Gloucester. He has coached Drybrook RFC, Hartpury College and the Singapore National team since 2016, helping them gain promotion to Division one in his first season, and retaining that status in his second. Frazer and his partner Rachel have returned to the UK and have opened their own gym, the Fit House in Chalfont Park, Gerrards Cross.
Alongside his other coaching duties Frazer will specialise in strength and conditioning and video analysis as we look to further cement our league position for 2019/20.
Aled Lewis, who has played at Beaconsfield now for the past two years will focus on coaching our attack play. Aled has been a brilliant addition to the club, he has shown huge dedication and is easily one of the best players in this league.
Directors of Rugby, Nick Wood and Noel O’Mahony, have gone through an extensive selection process and we are delighted with these appointments. 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 8 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. These appointments will hopefully help us achieve these ambitions offering players the most professional setup and coaching in an amateur environment.
Exciting times ahead at Oak Lodge Meadow
Updated 13:14 - 2 Feb 2019 by Noel O'Mahony