CHIPPENHAM have landed a significant backroom coup with former Premiership player Rob Hawkins joining the club as specialist forwards coach.

Recently-retired Hawkins, 34, who played more than 50 times for Bath and more than 60 for Leicester Tigers, as well as spells with Bristol and Newcastle will work primarily with the senior sides but will be supporting the minis and juniors with specialist coaching clinics during the season.

Meanwhile the Allington Field climbed to fifth in South West One East with a hard-fought 36-22 bonus-point win over Witney on Saturday.

Winger Brad Doggett went over in the corner to put the home side into the lead.

Soon after, they struck again with Tom Fogerty diving over following good possession and Dominic Riccio landing the conversion.

Witney then struck back with an unconverted score, pouncing on a poor kick in open play to score from their own half.

On the stroke of half-time, some fine poaching at the lineout from second row Matt Bye saw full-back Will Waddington go over in the corner, Riccio adding the extras.

Chippenham started the second half the stronger team, with captain Charlie Palmer going over after four minutes, Riccio again converting.

Following a superb break from Waddington, centre Jacob Unwin found himself in acres of space to go over for Chippenham’s fifth try, Riccio’s conversion made it 31-5.

Witney took advantage of poor Chippenham discipline to go over for two quick scores but Unwin struck back for his second.

The visitors had the final say, scoring a bonus point try.

Meanwhile, Royal Wootton Bassett wait for a first win of the season continues as they suffered a 17-14 defeat to Salisbury despite tries from Kyle Lovell and Tim Gallimore.