Coaching Staff

John Kingston

Director of Rugby John Kingston was educated at Durham School and played for England Schools before attending Cambridge University. Captaining the light blues to victory in the 1982 Varsity Match, John then played for Newcastle Gosforth, Rosslyn Park, Middlesex, England U23s and England B.

After a successful period coaching Richmond RFC, John moved to Ireland to coach Connacht-based Galwegians in 1999. In the first of his two seasons, he guided the side into Division 1 and cemented their place in that league a year later by finishing second.

In 2001, John joined Harlequins. With over 15 years’ experience at the club, John was announced as the successor to Conor O'Shea as Harlequins' Director of Rugby in April 2016 having been promoted from Head Coach.  He has led the way in helping to develop exceptional talents in the squad.

Mark Mapletoft

Mark Mapletoft is the club’s Head Coach. A former Gloucester, London Irish, Saracens and Harlequins player, he returned to The Stoop in 2010.

During his playing career Mark was capped at every level of rugby for England, winning a full cap against Argentina in 1997 and also representing the Barbarians.

After retiring in 2005, he began his coaching career as an Academy coach for Saracens before spending four years with the Rugby Football Union as a National Academy Coach. His roles and achievements included Backs coach and Head Coach of the England Under 20 team that reached successive IRB Junior World Cup Finals in 2008 and 2009, and a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2008.

Notable members of his 2008 and 2009 squads include Jordan Turner-Hall, Joe Gray, Ben Youngs, Henry Trinder, Alex Goode, Alex Corbisiero, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler and George Lowe.

Graham Rowntree

Graham Rowntree joined Harlequins as Forwards Coach in July 2016.

Winning 54 caps for England and touring twice with the British and Irish Lions as a player, he won two Heineken Cups and four Premiership titles with Leicester Tigers. 

After retiring in 2007 he joined the England set up in 2008 and toured with the Lions in 2007 as a coach. Four years later he was named assistant coach for the historic tour of Australia. 

Nick Easter

One of the greatest players in the professional era to have pulled on the famous Harlequins quarters, Nick Easter was named as Defence Coach for the 2016/17 season.

Joining in 2004 from Orrell, Easter made 281 appearances for Harlequins, more than any other, and was integral to the European Challenge Cup and Aviva Premiership successes of 2011 and 2012 respectively.

It wasn't just at The Stoop where Nick was a success, he played 54 times for England, represented his county at three Rugby World Cups and famously scored four tries against Wales in a single match in 2007.

Known as 'Minty' to many, Easter won four Harlequins Player of the Year awards and ran in 53 tries in his time at The Stoop. 

Collin Osborne

Harlequins’ Skills Coach Collin Osborne has been with the club since 1990 in a tenure which has lasted over 20 years.  Before his time at Harlequins, Collin was a PE teacher and became the Director of Coaching and Development for the Zimbabwe Rugby Union in 1987.

Joining Harlequins in 1990, Osborne’s first role was as Backs Coach. In 1993, he returned to Zimbabwe as National Coach, before re-joining Harlequins in 1996 as Head of Youth Development.

Collin was appointed Assistant Academy Manager in 2002 and became Academy Manager in 2006. During his time within the Academy set up, Collin was responsible for identifying and developing talent such as Jordan Turner-Hall, Chris Robshaw, George Lowe, George Robson and Mike Brown.

In 2008, Collin joined the senior coaching staff where he took a role as Assistant First Team Coach, before becoming Skills Coach.