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Jason Gilmore appointed Harlequins defence coach

Harlequins have today confirmed Jason Gilmore has been appointed as defence coach ahead of next season.

The Australian boasts an already impressive coaching CV. He has coached Australia A, Australia U20, as well as headed up the defence for Super Rugby outfits Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs.

He was also Barbarians coach during their tour of the UK in 2023, where they faced Harlequins, Bristol Bears and Northampton Saints.

Commenting on his appointment, Gilmore said: “I am excited to be joining Harlequins and thank the Club for the opportunity. I understand the expectation and accountability of performance.

“I’m looking forward to working with the staff and playing group to continue to build a defensive identity at the Club. Seeing the supporters and the matchday atmosphere last year at The Stoop with the Barbarians is something I can’t wait to experience with Quins.”

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During his tenure as Australia U20s coach, he guided his side to the U20 Championship final. He also lifted the Super Rugby U20 title with Queensland in 2016. He also led them to a historic win over New Zealand U20 to win the Oceania Championship. During his time with Australia A, he also won the Challenger Series and finished second in the Pacific Nations Cup.

Director of Rugby Billy Millard added: “Jason is someone we have been really impressed with. He’s a hardnosed Defence Coach who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our coaching programme.

“We know he’ll adapt quickly to our environment and we’re confident he’ll bring significant improvements to our game.”

Gilmore joins the club following the departure of Jerry Flannery to the Springboks earlier this year. This also ends the links to former England defence coach Kevin Sinfield, who was heavily rumoured to be taking the Harlequins defence position.

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