Beaconsfield soak up Southwell experience
Former Scotland international becomes consultant coach
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 also 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.
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 often 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. 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 on Saturday.”
New centre Phillip Seymour also bagged two debut tries on
Action from Beaconsfifield’s win over Alchester and (above left) Beaconsfield’s new consultant coach, Hugo Southwell Saturday, while prop James Watson crossed the line too as Beaconsfield secured a 24-3 bonus point win over Alchester, ending a run of three successive defeats in what has been a season of ups and downs since switching sideways from London Two NW.
Tattersall added: “It’s been a transitional season. This is a much more forward-orientated league, whereas London League teams would throw the ball around. It’s a far more physical league too, with no love lost between the Bucks teams. 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-theWold 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.