Salvin aims to improve Titans set piece

The article below has been provided courtesy of Guy Williams and The Star.

Titans pre-season is now well under way and new Assistant/Forwards Coach Steve Salvin is hard at work preparing the forwards for the Championship challenges ahead.

From Sheffield, Salvin’s career as a prop forward was ended by a serious shoulder injury 10 years ago which forced him to develop his talent in other directions.

After spending three years as a community RFU coach in South Yorkshire, Salvin moved to Doncaster Knights as their academy manager and then switched to Head Coach at Sheffield Tigers between 2010 and 2012.

His last job before being appointed at Rotherham was with the Worcester Warriors’ academy where Salvin was coaching the emerging talent in the Midlands.

“I want to be the best coach I can possibly be because I was never fortunate enough to have had the playing career I would have loved.

“ I hurt my shoulder playing at Don Valley for Rotherham’s A team against Leicester, so I’ve spent the last 10 years trying to become the best coach I can in terms of my technical knowledge and how to manage players.

“I want Rotherham to get back to the days when we had a pack clubs feared. At the moment, they don’t. I’ll be looking after the confrontational side of the game; scrums, line-outs and some aspects of the defence.

“In the time I played at Sheffield, Rotherham, Wakefield and at Bath University, I was not high on talent, but I was prepared to work very hard and I’ve carried that attitude into the way I coach.

“Scrums and line-outs will be my priority and Rotherham will continue the high tempo game Lee Blackett has implemented, but in order to do that, we need a stable scrum.”

Having worked with England coach Stuart Lancaster, Lynn Howells at Doncaster and  Richard Hill and Dean Ryan at Worcester, Rotherham’s new forwards’ coach will have learnt much from some of the best brains in British rugby, now Salvin has the challenge of proving it in the Championship.