Director of Rugby Steve Diamond has confirmed renowned scrum coach Dan Richmond and vastly experienced specialist kicking coach Jon Callard are working as part of the Sharks’ back room team.
In addition, Sale have also confirmed the appointment of former player Neil Briggs to the key role as Academy transition manager.
Richmond has already enjoyed great success working with the Sale coaching set-up, including in the 2015/16 campaign when the Sharks secured a top-six Premiership finish.
He was also part of the Argentina coaching team that helped guide the Pumas to the semi-finals of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
He spent nine years as a hooker with Northampton and also played for Bath and Bedford and has also spent time in the past working with Worcester Warriors and Wasps.
Jon enjoyed a hugely successful career as a player with Bath, winning five caps for England and being part of the national squad at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa.
Following coaching roles for both Bath and Leeds, Jon subsequently spent 12 years working for the RFU in a variety of roles, being latterly employed as national performance academy manager and international performance coach. Jon also spent time coaching England’s Under-20s and Saxons sides at various stages in his time with the RFU.
A combative hooker, Neil retired in the summer after a distinguished career which saw him play more than 100 games for the Sharks in two separate spells as well as spending time with Leicester Tigers, London Welsh and Bourgoin.
“Dan has been working with us for a couple of years now and the scrum has been really good and he is very highly respected throughout the game,” said Steve Diamond.
“Jon Callard has an impeccable coaching record internationally and he’s working with us a consultant, looking at our kicking game.