Jon Callard rugby player
Jon Callard rugby player

Jon Callard

1st Jan 1966 1.78m/79kg Coach

Jon Callard 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, before launching a hugely successful coaching career most latterly with the RFU.

Callard joined Bath from Newport in 1989. In November 1993 he made his international debut for England against the All Blacks, which saw England cause an upset, winning 15-9. Callard enjoyed a fine debut, scoring 12 points from four successful penalties. In February 1994, on his second appearance for England, Callard was again the England's hero in the 1994 Five Nations Championship match between Scotland and England at the newly rebuilt Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. He kicked all of England's points from five penalties, in a scrappy and closely fought match, as England narrowly beat Scotland 15-14.

Despite continuing to be selected for future England squads, including for their 1994 Summer Tour of South Africa, he fell behind, initially Paul Hull, and later Mike Catt, Tim Stimpson and Matt Perry as England's first choice Full Back. The intense competition for places in the England side over the next few years meant that Callard would only gain a total of five caps for England, although he did score an impressive total of 69 points in that time. He played in one solitary match in the 1995 Rugby World Cup against Western Samoa, scoring 21 points from the boot, in a 44-22 win that helped England progress to the Quarter Finals. Callard won his last cap for England in November 1995, in a 24-14 defeat to South Africa.

At club level with Bath, he was part of a very successful side in the early to mid-1990s which won five English Courage League Premiership titles, as well as five Pilkington Cup titles. His crowning achievement came late in his career when he scored all 19 of Bath's points in their 1998 Heineken Cup final victory over Brive.

In August 1998 Callard was appointed assistant coach to Andy Robinson at Bath, before being made Head Coach in 2000. In 2002 he became assistant coach to Phil Davies at Leeds Tykes and later that year was also appointed as head coach of the England U21s. During his time at Leeds, he coached them to victory the 2004–05 Powergen Cup, in the final of which they defeated his old side Bath. He joined the Rugby Football Union's National Academy in summer 2005.

Callard was appointed kicking coach to the senior England rugby team for the Rugby World Cup 2007.

in 2017, Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond sought to tap into Callard’s extensive experience by bringing him on board to beef up the club’s coaching team as specialist kicking/ strategy coach.


sale-sharks Sale Sharks
2017 - present
england England
1993 - 1995
bath Bath Rugby
1989 - 1999