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London Irish bolster coaching team
ESPN Staff
June 27, 2012
Peter Richards back in his London Irish days © PA Photos
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Players/Officials: Barry Everitt | Peter Richards | Brian Smith
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London Irish have bolstered their backroom staff with two former players ahead of next season.

Former Exiles fly-half Barry Everitt will help the kickers while Peter Richards will work with the scrum-halves. The pair will link up with director of rugby Brian Smith and new forwards coach Glenn Delaney who was recruited from Nottingham.

Everitt is currently the club's highest points scorer and has also had spells at both Munster and Leinster. "I enjoyed seven years as a player at London Irish and I'm thrilled to be returning to the club in a coaching capacity," Everitt said. "Tom Homer is an outstanding talent and has a tremendous kicking game as do new recruits Ian Humphreys and Shane Geraghty. I look forward to working with the guys when I join."

Richards has 13 England caps to his name and also turned out for Wasps and Gloucester. Coach Smith is delighted with his new acquisitions and he is looking forward to working with the pair.

"Barry and Peter have been great performers for London Irish during their careers and it is great they are joining our coaching set up," Smith said. "Barry had a superb kicking game as a player and the fact that he is still the London Irish record point scorer is testament to his quality and hard work.

"He will be working with our kickers to offer guidance and advice. Peter will be working with our scrum halves on a one on one basis to again provide advice and guidance to ensure player development. It is great to have two former players of Barry and Peter's calibre back on board."

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