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Callard steps up into a new England role

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

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Bath Rugby's Heineken Cup hero Jon Callard has been appointed the new National Performance Academy Manager and International Performance Coach.

Callard – who kicked all 19 points in Bath's famous 1998 European victory over Brive – moves from his previous role as one of the Rugby Football Union's International Performance Coaches.

He will primarily be working with the England Under-20 side, as well as players who have recently graduated from the Under-20 programme and into the Saxons.

Head of International Payer Development Joe Lydon said: "This is a newly created post which will give both aspiring and current international players the best possible support. Jon was the outstanding candidate throughout the appointment process amongst a strong field of applicants. He already works extremely effectively with our age grade teams, has a vast knowledge and experience and a proven record of player development.

"His coaching, management and leadership skills will be a great asset in leading the new National Performance Academy which, in partnership with the professional clubs, is to play a crucial part in the confirmation and development of the next generation of senior England players."

Callard played full-back for Bath and England, making his international debut in 1993 against the All Blacks when he scored 12 points through four successful penalties in a 15-9 win. His five England caps saw him score an impressive total of 69 points, his last appearance coming in 1995 against South Africa.

In 1998 Callard became assistant coach at Bath, before being made head coach in 2000. He later became assistant coach at Leeds Tykes and head coach of the England U21s. He joined the RFU's National Academy in 2005 and was England's kicking coach for the Rugby World Cup 2007.

"I'm delighted to take on this role in what is an exciting time for English rugby," said Callard. "I see it as an extension of my current position and the opportunity to continue developing English talent is a real honour.

"The player pathway has really established itself over the last few years, and while I will be working closely with the Under 20s and the players just out of the programme, it's imperative to keep tabs on the talent coming through below that too."

Callard will assume the new role on September 1.

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