Beaconsfield RFC are hoping some of Hugo Southwell's vast experience will rub off on their squad after the former Scotland international joined their coaching staff.

The versatile 34 year old, who played at full back, centre and wing for Wasps, Bristol, Worcester, Edinburgh and Stade Francais, won 59 caps for his country but hung his boots up a year ago due to injury.

Since then he has been coaching the backs at Rosslyn Park and working as a rugby media pundit, but he has now agreed to become consultant coach at Southern Counties North side Beaconsfield.

Southwell lives locally and has a son playing in the club's minis section, and as a keen cricketer has turned out for Beaconsfield Cricket Club.

He will take coaching sessions once a month, the second of which took place this week following a successful first one in December.

Sting in the tail: Southwell scores a try for Wasps

Club head coach Simon Tattersall said: “We have a young coaching team here, whereas Hugo has been there and done it all. He gives good advice on little aspects of the game which can be overlooked.

“It's really impressive listening to him as he focuses on the little things, the core skills you have to get right to be successful, and we're all learning from him.

“He coaches very well and pitches it at the right level – he knows it's Beaconsfield and not Wasps. It's good for the guys to have a different voice and it gives them somebody to look up to.

“We have a young team too, with three U18s in the first team at the moment who are doing really well. One of them, Jack Hockin, who is still at school, scored one of our tries for on Saturday.”

New centre Phillip Seymour also bagged two tries on his debut, while prop James Watson crossed the line too, as Beaconsfield secured a 24-3 bonus point win over Alchester.

Grassroots: Action from Beaconsfield's win over Alchester on Saturday

It brought to an end a run of three successive defeats in what has been a season of ups and downs since switching sideways from London Two NW in the summer.

Tattersall added: “It's been a transitional season. This is a much more physical and forward-orientated league, whereas the London League teams would throw the ball around. It's a far more local league too, and there is no love lost between the Bucks teams.

“We lost six key players in the summer and we have lost four games by just three points – three of those with the last kick of the game – but a new year means a new start.”

Elsewhere in Southern Counties North, Drifters gave leaders Stow-on-the-Wold a scare before going down 21-16, with Cameron Denton running in a try and Matt Morgan kicking the rest of the points for the Farnham Common side.

Meanwhile, see the video below for some shots of Southwell in action.

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