Tuesday, 12th June 2018 @ 12:00
Australian will work with Head of Rugby Paul Gustard and will be responsible for all off-field rugby operations.
Harlequins is pleased to announce the appointment of Billy Millard as General Manager (Rugby).
Millard will work with Head of Rugby Paul Gustard and will be responsible for all aspects of off-field rugby operations at the Club including strength and conditioning, medical, data analysis, psychology, sports science, recruitment, Academy and women’s team, player welfare, budgeting and operations.
The Australian (48) brings extensive experience to the Club having worked as General Manager with USA Rugby and Cardiff Blues and from his senior coaching roles at elite level with the Australian Sevens, The University of Sydney, Melbourne Rebels, Connacht and Cardiff.
Commenting on his appointment Millard said: “It is a privilege to be joining a club with such a strong pedigree. Harlequins is a prestigious brand on and off the field which I’m looking forward to contributing to.
“I’m committed to delivering a high-performance environment for the players that translates into sustained on-field success. I am here to win and I look forward to helping make that happen.”
Harlequins’ Chief Executive David Ellis said: “Billy Millard arrives at Harlequins with a wealth of knowledge as a General Manager from his time at USA Rugby and Cardiff Blues. He impressed with his character and attitude and is the right guy to set us on the path to delivering the biggest prizes at Harlequins.
“Billy will work closely with our Head of Rugby Paul Gustard to produce an environment that breeds success and he is joining at an exciting moment for the Club. We believe our new management team will take a big step to helping us achieve our mission of taking Harlequins back to the top of English and European rugby.”
Harlequins has divided the role of Director of Rugby in two with the Head of Rugby focusing on the senior squad and the General Manager taking responsibility for enabling high-performance across the Club’s entire rugby department. Gustard and Millard will take up their appointments on July 2nd. Both will report to the Chief Executive.
Billy's first home game with Harlequins will be when the side returns to The Stoop to take on Ealing Trailfinders in their final pre-season match (Friday 24th August, kick-off 19:00) of the 2018/19 calendar. Tickets for the match can be purchased online or by calling the Ticket Office on 020 8410 6010.
You can guarantee a seat at every Harlequins regular season home match at The Stoop (and at Big Game 11) with a 2018/19 Harlequins membership.
A membership secures their space at all home Gallagher Premiership, Premiership Rugby Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup matches.
It also ensures a seat at all home Premiership Rugby A League, Harlequins Ladies' Tyrrells Premier 15s matches and England Women Test matches.
To find out more, and purchase a membership, head to tickets.quins.co.uk.
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