New deals for Welsh duo

London Welsh duo Hudson Tonga'uiha and Greg Bateman have signed new deals with the Aviva Premiership club.

Centre Tonga'uiha, who has 24 caps for Tonga and made nine Premiership appearances for the Exiles in their debut season in the top flight, joined prop Bateman in extending his contract with the Oxford-based side.

Welsh head coach Lyn Jones told the club's official website: "I'm absolutely delighted that Hudson and Greg have committed themselves to London Welsh.

"Hudson has really stepped up to the mark this year and has thrived in the Aviva Premiership. Greg has grasped his opportunity with both hands and is evolving into a decent Premiership player with the potential to go further.

"These two re-signings signify the ambitions and long term objectives of London Welsh RFC."

Bateman said: "I've improved a lot in my time here and I'm looking forward to what I can achieve in the future.

"Lyn's worked a lot with me on areas of my game where I can improve and I take that very seriously. I want to push to be involved in the first XV more and more."

The Exiles also confirmed that former Wales international Tony Copsey has been appointed as their new chief executive.

Copsey, who has played for the Scarlets, Saracens and London Welsh, will begin his duties as CEO on January 1 next year.

He will take up the reins with a great deal of experience after previously working as managing director at Harlequins and Wasps' chief executive

London Welsh club chairman Bleddyn Phillips told the club website: "We are delighted that Tony is joining us as our CEO.

"Not only does he have an excellent skill set for the job and extensive experience managing top clubs in the Premiership, but he has played the game at the highest levels and indeed (not too many years ago) packed down with the club's head coach, Lyn Jones, whilst they both played at Llanelli.

"We look forward to Tony coming on board and helping the club in its off the field challenges as effectively as the team players and coaching squad have thus far tackled the tests on the pitch."

Copsey is looking forward to the challenge in his new role.

He said: "There is no doubt that London Welsh is currently on a very exciting journey which also means they face probably one of the biggest challenges currently in the sport.

"It is a real privilege and extremely exciting to be asked to help lead that challenge."