England defence coach Paul Gustard will become Harlequins’ head of rugby at the conclusion of England’s tour to South Africa.
England will play three Tests against the Springboks this June. Eddie Jones’ side will be under pressure to win the series after losing three straight games in the recent Six Nations.
The tour will be the last for defence coach Gustard, who has decided to move on just a year out from the 2019 World Cup.
‘Opportunities like this don’t come along very often,’ Gustard said. ‘To be given the chance to lead a club as rich in talent, heritage and support as Harlequins is hugely exciting.
‘My relationship with Eddie is strong and positive. He has supported me in accepting this new role and I will continue to have a strong relationship with him on our tour to South Africa and beyond.
‘He was the first to give me an opportunity in 2008 and again in 2016 when he recruited me for England. I will always be thankful to him.’