Harlequins have released the latest in their mic’d up series and it gives a good insight into the training style of new coach Paul Gustard.
Gustard made headlines earlier in the year when rumours started to surface that the then England defence coach would take over from Director of Rugby John Kingston after a troubled season for the West London club.
As the video shows, Gustard’s hands-on style as Head of Rugby at the club makes for engaging viewing.
It’s been a time of significant change at the club, with a widescale staff overhaul taking place in the space of the last four months. Last week Harlequins announced that defence coach Nick Easter had left the club for personal reasons after 14 years’ service, while in June Graham Rowntree chose to leave the club, again for ‘personal reasons’.
Adam Jones remains on as forwards coach.
The appointment of Gustard saw the previous Director of Rugby role at Harlequins split in two: Head of Rugby and General Manager, a role taken up by Billy Millard .
Gustard, 42, as Head of Rugby, will over-see the day-to-day coaching of Harlequins’ rugby squads. He will work alongside the Millard, 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 David Ellis.
Former Saracens assistant coach Gustard 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.
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