Nick Heath travelled to Harlequins to speak with John Kingston and Graham Rowntree.
When Conor O’Shea announced that he would be taking over as Italian head coach at the end of the season, numerous candidates were linked with the soon to be vacated position at Harlequins.
Although the likes of Stuart Lancaster, Gregor Townsend, Wayne Smith, Lyn Jones, Heyneke Meyer and Johan Erasmus were all discussed as possible replacements for O’Shea at the Stoop, Quins ultimately decided to promote from within.
Current head coach, John Kingston, will take over as director of rugby at the end of the season. Backs coach, Mark Mapletoft, will replace Kingston as head coach, and number eight, Nick Easter, will become defence coach.
The only major outside appointment will see former England assistant, Graham Rowntree, come in as forwards coach. Indeed, given that this will be Rowntree’s first appointment since being let go by England, fans will be looking on with interest to see whether or not he can re-establish his reputation.
It was therefore interesting to listen to Rowntree give his thoughts on The Commentator’s View with Nick Heath.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena