Paul Gustard has landed a new job in Italy in just six days after he left the director of the rugby post at Harlequins immediately. Benetton, the struggling Guinness PRO14 franchise, have revealed they have signed the England player on a three-year contract starting next July as assistant head coach.
The Italian club, who will lose head coach Kieran Crowley at the end of the season after five years in charge, have made it clear that Gustard will train their defense and support Marco Bortolami in making strategic decisions regarding high performance.
“I am delighted and delighted to have joined Benetton for the 2021/22 season,” said former Harlequins boss Gustard. “When my wife Laura and I decided in December that we wanted new experiences and new challenges, we were delighted to have so many opportunities available to us nationally and internationally.
“We want to be part of a group that has a clear vision, a deep level of trust and a dynamic environment driven toward lofty goals. When I first spoke with Marco and he explained his plan and vision in detail, I felt inspired by his passion and energy.
“This relationship was deepened with general manager Antonio Pavanello, who outlined clear strategic and cultural objectives for the club and my specific role in it. I already feel very involved and have a strong connection with Antonio and the club management, so I know this is the right opportunity for us.
There was no third party in Gustard’s departure. https://t.co/Mc5W6BYJ10
– RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) 21 January 2021
“They are amazing in the way they communicate with me and we are very happy to have joined the club. Benetton has a roster of talented players with an attractive coaching team. I hope to help and support this team in our collective development.
“Only a few years have passed since the club played its final series PRO14, a very interesting and tough competition with which the best South African teams will continue to thrive. I want to test myself, improve and contribute to Benetton’s future success.
“I will try to learn the language, embrace the culture and invest in it the same way they did with me. I can’t wait to move to one of the most beautiful places in the world and meet the cast, the staff and be part of a very special family. “
When Gustard walked out of Harlequins last week he was quickly linked with the position of defense coach for Wales under Wayne Pivac, along with a number of other positions elsewhere, but work at PRO16 in what will soon become in Italy is not named.
Sporting director Benetton Pavanello, a former Italian second row, explains why they signed him. “When we thought of someone who could allow us to take a step forward to stabilize ourselves on a par with high-level clubs and above all be able to provide Marco with the right support, it was immediately realized that there were not many options.
“Being able to recruit Paul Gustard is a source of great satisfaction for us and also very encouraging for the future. We are talking about a high profile who, first as a player and then as a coach, has won countless trophies by being part of some of the greatest rugby players in the world.
“Paul’s role is to help and support Marco and the whole environment with the main responsibility of maintaining our defense and raising the high level of performance at our club. We therefore look forward to welcoming him to Treviso with his family. “
‘I really think the staff gives off energy … You can’t die with encounters, things like that. We make things fun ‘
– Kieran Crowley told me @tokopedia about a series of sufferings @ PRO14icial and @CampusMilk results with @Tokopedia https://t.co/5hnOACL8oW
– RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) December 5, 2019
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