Wednesday, 13th June 2018 @ 19:00
All you need to know about new Harlequins General Manager Billy Millard
Before joining Quins, Billy served as General Manager for Pro 14 side Cardiff Blues from January 2015 to the end of the 2017/18 season. During his time with the Welsh club, he helped secure a number of strong league finishes by enhancing their high-performance programme. Before travelling to Europe, Billy worked as Director of Rugby at the University of Sydney, where he managed the largest club rugby programme in Australia, aiding in the transition of many players into Super Rugby and several into the Australia senior squad. In his time in the capital, he helped them achieve back-to-back Premierships, in 2005 and 2006.
In September 2013, Billy was hired by USA Rugby to be the Attack and Backs Coach of the USA Eagles American national team, where he helped ensure qualification for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, as well achieving their upturn in victories against neighbours Canada. He then moved into the role of High-Performance Director of Rugby (15’s) where he also Head Coached the USA U20 side.
Australian Rugby Accolades
Between November 2006 and January 2008, Billy worked as the Director of Rugby at the Melbourne Rebels alongside Rod Macqueen. During his time there, Billy drove recruitment, development, as well hands-on coaching attack, backs and skills, and also the management of both players and coaching staff. Over his 15-month tenure, Billy oversaw and assisted in the transition of players such as Digby Ioane, David Dennis, Matt Hodgson and Luke Burgess into the Wallaby set-up, as well as aiding the side get to the final of the one-off ARC competition, despite being tipped as 80/1 underdogs before the tournament started.
Before becoming the GM at The Blues in January 2015, Billy had worked as the Assistant Coach in the Welsh capital from 2009-2011, winning both the Amlin Challenge Cup (vs Toulon) and the Anglo-Welsh cup (v Gloucester). Millard was also part of the coaching set-up which took Cardiff to the Heineken Cup semi-final where they were knocked out by Leicester Tigers in a dramatic drop-goal shoot out. This team included young players such as Sam Warburton, Leigh Halfpenny and Jamie Roberts. After leaving Wales, Billy moved to Connacht to be an Assistant Coach there, helping them achieve (at that time) their best league finish in the Club’s history.
Billy was the Head Coach and Manager of the Australian sevens team during two separate stints over a four-year period. As part of his managerial role, Billy was responsible for talent identification and development for younger players, aiding them in their transition into senior club 15s side and the Australian national team. Stars such as Drew Mitchell, Adam Ashley Cooper and James O’Connor were all involved in his program.
Authority and Discipline
Before making the transition into rugby, Billy served as a policeman in Australia.
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Danny Care and Tim Visser both put on the mic to talk us through some of the best bits from last season.