Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club

No changes to coaching team for Championship return

Ealing Trailfinders coaching team will remain unchanged for the club’s return to the Green King IPA Championship.

Ben Ward’s side will play in the Championship for the second time in their history having won the National 1 title with 136 points, nine more than their nearest rivals Rosslyn Park.

Director of Coaching Ward will again head up the six-strong team and also act as backs and attack coach.

Two London Irish stalwarts will continue their collaboration with Ealing Trailfinders for a second consecutive season.

The Exiles’ captain George Skivington is lineout coach, while Exiles and England hooker David Paice will be scrum coach and also work with the team’s hookers.

Keiran Power will extend his long-term service to the club to a 13th season and eighth in the role of set piece specialist and forwards manager. He previously played in the first team for five seasons before taking up his coaching responsibilities and was recently inducted into the club’s hall of fame.

Paddy Gill is another former first team player who has graduated to the coaching ranks and he continues as backs and skills coach for a second season.

Also into a second season is Andy Reay, who will combine his role as defence coach with playing duties. This season the former Harlequins, Moseley and London Scottish man played 16 times and scored six tries from centre to help the team to the National 1 title.

“We had a lot of changes to our set up last season, ” Ward said. “When I put this young coaching team together it was with the intention of keeping them together for the next few years and I am delighted to be able to announce that this is the case for the upcoming season in the Greene King IPA Championship.

“I feel we have improved in all areas of our play last season and that is a huge credit to all of the coaches. We can't stand still and by having good systems in place already, we can really look to go into further detail and keep improving throughout the year.

“All our coaches are either still playing or not long finished. We share a similar vision of how we want the game to be played and now face a huge challenge in trying implement that in a very tough league.”