A former Sheffield rugby player, whose career was cut short by serious injury, is returning to South Yorkshire to take over as the new forwards’ coach at Rotherham Titans.
Steve Salvin,who played prop forward at Sheffield RUFC and in 2001 was on the replacements’ bench for England U-19s against Wales, has been recruited from the Worcester Warriors’ academy.
Formerly Head Coach at Sheffield Tigers for two years between 2010 and 2012 after moving there from managing the Doncaster Knights’ academy for three years, Salvin takes up his new role at Clifton Lane shortly.
With Rotherham’s players reporting back for pre-season training a fortnight today, one of Salvin’s priorities will be to improve the performance of the Titans’ front row in the scrums.
The new forwards’ coach, who has a sports science qualification from Bath University, watched the second leg of the promotion play-offs against Bristol at Abbeydale a month ago, so is to some extent familiar with the set-up at Clifton Lane.
Meanwhile, it is understood that before the new Championship season starts in September, Rotherham’s coach, Lee Blackett, will try to strengthen further his group of forwards by signing another hooker.
Blackett’s recruits and retention of players from last season’s successful Championship squad, which finished fourth in the league, indicate that Rotherham will have almost 40 players on their books, including wing/full back Ben Rath who has just re-signed for his second year.