Harlequins Appoint Paul Gustard As New Head Coach

It’s official.

Harlequins have confirmed that England defence coach Paul Gustard will take over as their new head coach following England’s tour of South Africa next month.

The former Saracens assistant coach joined Eddie Jones and his coaching team at the start of 2016.  During his time as coach England won the Grand Slam, back-to-back Six Nations titles and a first ever series win in Australia.

“Opportunities like this don’t come along very often,” said Gustard.
“To be given the chance to lead a club as rich in talent, heritage and support as Harlequins is hugely exciting.

“I am a proud Englishman and it has been a privilege to represent my country and work under Eddie.  There have been some incredible memories which I will cherish, and I will look back proudly on my contribution with England.  I am desperate for England to do well as we push on to World Cup glory next year.

“My relationship with Eddie is strong and positive.  He has supported me in accepting this new role and I will continue to have a strong relationship with him on our tour to South Africa and beyond. He was the first to give me an opportunity in 2008 and again in 2016 when he recruited me for England.  I will always be thankful to him.

“However, I am now ready to lead a team and I am thrilled to have this chance at one of the Premiership’s biggest clubs.  I just couldn’t turn this opportunity down.  It is incredibly exciting to be part of the next chapter at Quins.

“I would like to thank the RFU and Eddie personally for their support and for allowing me to leave early to take up this fantastic opportunity with Harlequins.”

The appointment sees the previous Director of Rugby role at Harlequins split in two, Head of Rugby and General Manager (Rugby).  Gustard, 42, as Head of Rugby, will over-see the day-to-day coaching of Harlequins’ rugby squads.
He will work alongside the General Manager (Rugby), who will be responsible for enabling high-performance across the Club’s entire rugby department (including women and academy structures), player and coach recruitment and contracts.  Both posts will report to the Chief Executive.

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