Jon Callard handed new coaching role by Rugby Football Union
Last Updated: 20/08/14 2:16pm
Former England full-back Jon Callard has become the Rugby Football Union's national performance academy manager and international performance coach.
The 48-year-old, who was previously one of the RFU's international performance coaches, will take up his new post on September 1.
Callard, a former Bath, Leeds and England U21 head coach, will primarily work with the England U20 side and players who step-up from U20 rugby to the England Saxons Group.
Joe Lydon, the RFU's head of international player development, welcomed the addition of Callard, who collected five England caps after making his Test debut in 1993.
"This is a newly-created post which will give both aspiring and current international players the best possible support," he said.
"Jon was the outstanding candidate throughout the appointment process among 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."