FORMER England winger Tom Varndell is set to play for Oxford Harlequins after becoming head of community at the club.

Varndell, who was once the Premiership’s all-time leading tryscorer, will also be head of men’s rugby at Oxford Brookes University, as part of a partnership between Quins and the university.

The 36-year-old made 180 appearances in the Premiership, including 88 for Wasps and 82 for Leicester Tigers, and held the record for tries scored, with 92.

The record was broken by Chris Ashton earlier this year.

Varndell won four England caps, and a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games with England Sevens.

Marcus Boswell, student sport manager at Oxford Brookes, said: “To secure someone of Tom’s calibre, as a coach and a mentor, is of great excitement for both our current and prospective students who are looking to play rugby union.

“It goes without saying that the relationship between Oxford Brookes and Oxford Quins continues to go from strength to strength, and this announcement is another indication of that.

“We will continue to work hard in all areas of our sporting delivery and wider area of activity together, and reap the successes both on and off the pitch for our student athletes.”