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Esher Rugby names new coaching line up

28 May 2012

  • Relegated Esher unveil ex-Lions centre as new head coach
  • I am hugely excited about what lies ahead - Smith
Esher Rugby's new head coach Ollie Smith

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Esher Rugby are delighted to announce the appointment of former England and British Lions centre Ollie Smith as their new head coach, with former Saracens and Toulon second row Kris Chesney as his assistant.

Smith coached Esher's backs last season, and steps up to the main role with "huge excitement and anticipation."

The former Leicester and Harlequins player said that while relegation last year had been a major blow, he was looking forward to the challenge of National One rugby.

"This is a special club and I am hugely excited about what lies ahead," said Smith.

Chesney, who is still playing for Toulon and started for the French club in the Amlin Cup Final last week, will also play for Esher.

"It's a club I've always had a high regard for, and having decided to come back to the UK at the end of this season, despite offers to remain in France, it's a great place for me to resume my career in England and also help take the club forward."

Chairman of Rugby John Inverdale said he was delighted with both appointments:

"We were overwhelmed by the interest shown in the positions from both at home and overseas, and it has taken us a long time to sift through the many options and permutations.

"Ollie and Kris bring huge experience of top class rugby to the club and we are all looking forward to what the next season will bring."