Enfield Ignatians have moved quickly to fill the void following the departure of Shane Manning to Peterborough by unveiling current London Irish scum-half Ben Meehan as their new head coach.

The Premiership half-back will be supported in his role by Ian Hembrow. Close to being capped internationally for Wales, his previous coaching appointments include Maesteg, Newport and the Ospreys.

Ben Meehan, who featured in the London Irish’s home clash with Northampton Saints last weekend, joined the Exiles in 2017 after moving from Australia where he made his Super Rugby debut for the Melbourne Rebels in the 35-14 win over the Cheetahs in 2014.

The former Australian U20s international featured 33 times as part of the Rebels’ extended squad, scoring four tries, before his move overseas. He is due to oversee his first Ignatians’ coaching session, in tandem with Ian Hembrow, on Thursday, August 27.

Ian Hembrow’s remit will also embrace roles as the first team forwards’ coach, in addition to overseeing the development of core skills.

Club spokesman Martin Baker said: “After months of hard work, which entailed an innovative approach to the coaching structure, the club is now able and excited to announce the appointment of two new coaches designed to bring a different and dynamic style.

“This innovative approach involves combining the best of new coaching thinking from the modern professional game, and combining it with a tried and tested successful formula gained over a number of years.”

Others news involving the playing side sees hooker Ben Mills elevated to the role as first team vice-captain.

The club runs four senior sides and has a thriving junior section.

Aspiring new recruits should contact first team captain Jake Bates in the first instance on 07887 240158.