Sale Sharks have confirmed the appointment of former Northampton Saints man Dorian West to the Manchester-based side’s coaching staff.
West, 50, left Northampton in March, four months after the sacking of Saints’ Director of Rugby, Jim Mallinder.
Both West and Mallinder were casualties of a disappointing 2017/18 campaign for the 2014 Premiership champions, conceding 50+ points to Saracens on four occasions within one campaign.
With Mallinder linking up with the England u20 set-up earlier this month, West’s appointment sees both of Saints' former leading men back in coaching roles.
West will work alongside Sale’s current forward coach Pete Anglesea, who also plays a large role in the coaching of Sale’s second team, the Sale Jets. West will also offer the specialist perspective of a former frontrower, with Anglesea spending his playing days in the second row and backrow and West at hooker, playing his part in England's 2003 World Cup win.
West said: “I’m very pleased to be here and am looking forward to the new challenge ahead, I have known Dimes for many years and he has given me a great opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”
Sharks’ Director of Rugby Steve Diamond added: “Dorian and I go back a long way and very rarely does a person with his qualities become available. Dorian is a proven winner as a player and a coach and he’ll make a huge improvement looking after the club’s forwards.”