SEAN Kennelly has been appointed to Abingdon’s coaching set-up.

After starting out as a player with Oxford Marathon, he began coaching in Somerset with North Petherton.

Now experienced at senior level, he has recently moved back to the area and will work under head coach Gerd Coyne.

It is unclear when competitive rugby will be able to return, with the coronavirus wiping out the end of the season.

It also forced a cancellation of Abingdon’s Natwest Rugby Force weekend scheduled for the end of this month.

But the club view bringing Kennelly in as a positive step in the right direction for the BB&O Premier side.

Coyne was among those present at a meeting last week to plan how the club can get back into action.

The RFU have released a road map for clubs to follow as lockdown restrictions ease.

As things stand, groups of six are able to exercise together while maintaining social distancing.

A statement said: “It is vital that Abingdon Rugby Club continues to function as a hub of all rugby activity, as allowed by government and RFU guidelines.”

Elsewhere, Paul Berrill has taken on the role of chair for the club’s minis and juniors section from Sam Colmer.