Paul Gustard in shock Harlequins departure

Date published: January 20 2021

Premiership side Harlequins have announced that head of rugby Paul Gustard will leave his position after almost three years at the club.

It was a mutual decision between Gustard and the club that he will leave with immediate effect, enabling him to pursue other opportunities.

Gustard, who joined Quins in July 2018, has overseen a major transformation of the playing squad and departs with Harlequins competing for the second consecutive year in the Champions Cup.

“The club thanks Paul for his tireless energy and commitment over the last two and a half years,” a statement read.

“His passion and drive to succeed have been evident throughout his time at the club. Everyone at Harlequins wishes Paul and his family all the very best for the future.”

Missed out on the play-offs

After narrowly missing out on qualification for the play-offs of the Premiership in his first season, Harlequins have struggled for consistency.

They finished sixth in the interrupted 2019/20 campaign and reached the Premiership Cup final, narrowly losing to Sale Sharks in the Covid-19 delayed match.

For the remainder of the current season, Billy Millard, general manager of rugby, will oversee the existing coaching team of Jerry Flannery, Nick Evans and Adam Jones.

Millard has overseen management of the coaching team and all of Quins’ rugby operations since joining in 2018.