Coaching Staff

Paul Gustard

Gustard joined Harlequins as Head of Rugby for the 2018/19 season. 

The former Saracens assistant coach joined Eddie Jones's England 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.

Paul enjoyed a long and illustrious playing career, firstly at Leicester Tigers where he made 98 appearances and won four Premiership titles in five years. Then he moved to London Irish where he made a further 98 appearances before heading to Saracens in 2006. After nearly a half century of matches for Sarries, Paul joined the coaching team as Assistant First Team Coach and then took on the roles of Defence and Forwards Coach under Director of Rugby Brendan Venter.

Billy Millard

Billy Millard was appointed Harlequins' General Manager (Rugby) in June 2018.

Millard works with Head of Rugby Paul Gustard and is 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 previously worked as General Manager with USA Rugby and Cardiff Blues and a senior coach with the Australian Sevens, The University of Sydney, Melbourne Rebels, Connacht and Cardiff.

Alex Codling

Codling joined the Club ahead of the 2018/19 season as Forwards Coach. 

He moved to Twickenham from RFU Championship runners-up and British & Irish Cup winners Ealing Trailfinders where he has been Head Coach since the end of the 2015-16 season.

Codling began his coaching career with Ebbw Vale in 2006 and while there was recipient of the WRU “Coach of the Year” award. As Barking Head Coach who he led to promotion to National League 1 and narrowly missed out on promotion to the RFU Championship.

Further Head Coach roles followed at Rotherham Titans and Rosslyn Park who finished as runners-up in National League 1 in two consecutive seasons under his leadership.  He also coached at Ulster Rugby where he was appointed Head Coach of the ‘A’ team and was assistant Coach of the Ireland U18 team.

Prior to moving into coaching Alex had an impressive playing career in which he won one cap for England, against Argentina in Buenos Aires in 2002. The Lewisham-born second-row began his career with Richmond then played for Neath, followed by Harlequins where he was “Player of the Season” in 2002, Northampton Saints and Saracens in the Premiership and Montpellier in the Top 14. 

Mark Mapletoft

Mark Mapletoft is the Club’s Attack 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.

Nick Evans

A club legend and one of the best Premiership imports, Nick Evans joined the Harlequins coaching staff after retiring from playing in 2017; he is Skills and Off-the-ball Coach.

With more than 200 Harlequins appearances to his name, Evans is the Club's record points scorer with 2249 points in a Harlequins career spanning nine years.

Beginning his career at Otago as a fullback, he quickly developed into a ruthless fly-half. Nick made his New Zealand debut in 2004 against England and went on to make 16 appearances, scoring 103 points.

After representing the All Blacks during the 2007 Rugby World Cup, he joined Harlequins from The Blues and played an integral role in the Club's successes in the professional era; kicking a touchline conversion to win the Amlin Challenge Cup in 2011 and contributing 20 points in the 2012 Aviva Premiership final. 

Evans produced one of the most memorable moments in the Club's history when he scored a last minute drop goal against Stade Francais in the 2008 Heineken Cup pool stage following 29 phases. 

Adam Jones

In December 2016 it was announced that British and Irish Lion Adam Jones will combine his playing duties at the Club with a Coaching role. In March 2018 he announced he would retire from playing at the end of the 2017/18 season. He is currently the Club's Scrum Coach. 

Jones is one of the most recognisable front row forwards in the game and was awarded the first of his 95 Welsh caps in 2003, against England.

Winning four Six Nations titles, the Abercrave-born tight head has also competed in three Rugby World Cups and toured with the British and Irish Lions on two occasions; first in 2009 and then on the victorious 2013 tour to Australia.

Joining Harlequins after retiring from international rugby he has made an invaluable impact since joining, mentoring youthful talent in the Academy and senior set ups.

Tony Diprose

Tony Diprose is the Academy and Global Development Director at Harlequins. Diprose began coaching life with Harlequins as Academy Manager in 2008 and has overseen the development of many players currently impacting the senior squad including Will Collier, Charlie Matthews and Luke Wallace.

He began his career at Saracens while studying at Loughborough University. Tony was at the club for ten years, captaining Michael Lynagh and Philippe Sella before moving to Harlequins in 2001. The former number 8 went on to make 123 appearances for Harlequins.

His international career began in 1997 when he was awarded the first of his ten English caps against Argentina. Diprose was lucky enough to captain his country against Australia in 1998, a year after representing the British and Irish Lions during the successful 1997 tour of South Africa.

Retiring from professional rugby in 2006, Diprose joined the Harlequins coaching set up and has overseen the Club’s young talents’ success in the Aviva ‘A’ League and LV= Cup titles in 2012 and 2013. In recent years Diprose has been working on imprinting Harlequins' brand of rugby around the world-specifically in North America to expand the awareness and participation levels of the sport. 

Jim Evans

Evans was named as Academy Head Coach in August 2017 after representing Harlequins 174 times over ten years at the Club.

Since retiring in 2009, Evans initially joined the analysis and conditioning staff at Harlequins before moving in to Harlequins' Academy set up.

In 2017, Harlequins' U18s side - coached by Evans - won the U18s Academy Premiership final, with six of that winning team now involved with the full time Academy.

Tom Williams

After a successful playing career at Harlequins, which saw him play more than 200 times for the Club, Tom Williams was named as Academy Transition Coach in 2015.

Williams' role helps develop the Club's most exciting up and coming talents within the Academy. 

Gary Street

Women's Rugby World Cup winning Coach Gary Street balances his role as Harlequins Ladies' joint Head Coach with responsibilities as Harlequins' Academy Coach Development Officer. 

Street was named as England Women's Head Coach in 2007 and coached the Red Roses at two World Cup finals in 2010 and 2014; winning the latter against Canada.

In 2014, he was also nominated for BBC SPOTY Coach of the Year before coaching the Club to the 2016/17 League and Cup double. 

Karen Findlay

Karen Findlay is Harlequins Ladies' joint Head Coach and coached the Club to League and Cup double success in the 2016/17 season. 

A former Scotland international, Findlay previously coached Richmond and led them to a record five Premiership titles. 

Outside of rugby, Karen is Superintendent Taskforce (OCU Commander for all of MPS, mounted, marine, dogs, territorial support group asset) in the Metropolitan Police Service and is one of the force’s accredited and experienced Public Order and Marauding Terrorist Attack (MTA) Commanders. In 2017 she was the Silver Commander for the London Bridge attack. 

Karen balances an extremely challenging day job with being Co- Head Coach at Harlequins Ladies, Premiership and National Cup winners in 2016-17 and Tyrrells Premier 15s Runners-up in 2017-18. Her coaching career followed on from a successful playing career having amassed 85 international caps for Scotland and the first female captain to lead a women’s team out onto and play at the national stadium Murrayfield, which paved the way for female counterparts to do so at Twickenham. In her pre Harlequins coaching role she coached Richmond to a record five championship titles. She has played a leading part in the growth of Harlequins Women and Girls’ rugby programmes. 

In March 2018, Harlequins Ladies made history by breaking the UK Women’s Club Rugby attendance record with 4525 attending The Twickenham Stoop for the Club’s match against Richmond. Harlequins Ladies boasts a number of International players, with players from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, USA and Australia all part of the 2018-19 squad.