Northampton Saints have confirmed the appointment of former scrum-half Ian Vass as the new defence coach of the Gallagher Premiership club.
Vass previously was part of the Saints during his playing career and has made 57 senior appearances including 24 Premiership games.
Following his retirement, the 38-year-old also held role as head coach of England Under 20 side apart from serving as academy coach of Saracens before taking over as defence and skills coach in Montpellier.
Vass will take over the role from Jake Sharp, who was appointed as interim defence coach following the departure of Alan Dickens, who became the head coach of England Under 20 in November.
“This is a massive opportunity for me, and I can’t wait to get stuck in” said Vass to the official website of the club.
“I am very excited about the direction in which Saints are heading and where they want to go under Chris Boyd.
“Defence is a huge part of the game which I am extremely passionate about and I feel I can add to the set-up, moving forward.
“The playing squad is an exciting mix of world class players and young English talent, so I couldn’t resist the challenge of working with them to help them develop.”