Bath Rugby confirm coaching change as 'incredible club man' departs and scrum guru commits

Bath Rugby have confirmed that former Scotland international hooker turned scrum coach Stevie Scott has signed a new contract extension at the club, while former player Jon Callard will move on this summer after two seasons as kicking coach.

Scott joined Bath at the beginning of last season following previous coaching jobs including at Edinburgh Rugby and Sale Sharks. The former Bath player Callard, who enjoyed a stellar career with the club between 1989 and 1999 playing more than 200 senior matches and amassing beyond 2,000 points, has now vacated his position as kicking coach having taken up the role ahead of the 2022/23 season. A replacement is yet to be confirmed.

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Paying tribute to Callard, Bath head of rugby Johann van Graan said: “JC has been an incredible club man for Bath both as a player and a coach. It was great to have him as part of our journey and we wish him the very best.”

On Scott, van Graan said: “Stevie has done an excellent job in his first season as scrum coach, improving our scrum and our players. I am excited about the future of our scrum.”

Callard said: “I am very proud that I had 20 more months at the club that I never thought I would have, and to have played a very small part in its evolution. It’s with a heavy heart that I leave Bath because of what we had done and where we had come from to where they are today, is truly fabulous. I have been fortunate to be part of this fantastic club. It is not just a club; it teaches you the value of pride, the value of worth and the important of your value to the community. You are living the dreams and aspirations of thousands and thousands of people. I have been truly blessed. Thank you, Bath!”

Scott added "I've really enjoyed my first season at Bath and I'm delighted to extend my contract. It was an easy decision for me. Bath is a great club with good people – both players and staff led excellently by Johann - and we have fantastic fans, The Rec is a special place! I’m looking forward to seeing what we can deliver next season."

Scott's new deal means there will be consistency across the coaching team with every other head of department at the club locked in for the 2024/24 season.