Rowntree excited to take on a ‘new adventure’

Two-time British & Irish Lion Graham Rowntree is relishing his new adventure after being appointed forwards coach of Harlequins. [more]

Rowntree excited to take on a ‘new adventure’

Two-time British & Irish Lion Graham Rowntree is relishing his new adventure after being appointed forwards coach of Harlequins.

The 45-year-old – who was scrum coach for the Lions in 2009 and forwards coach in Australia in 2013 – joins a new-look Quins coaching set-up that is headed up by director of rugby John Kingston.

Rowntree has been out of work since Stuart Lancaster was replaced by Eddie Jones at the helm of English rugby – the Australian opting for an entirely clean slate with their coaching staff.

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But the 45-year-old will move to Quins in the summer and admits he is looking forward to getting to grips with the day-to-day business of running a Premiership club.

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“This opportunity has come sooner than anticipated given what happened at the World Cup, but it’s here and I’m determined to grasp it,” he said.

“It’s the start of a new adventure.

“I was ready for a club role. That involvement I’ve been craving. Club rugby, week in week out, that belonging, I’ve missed it, to be honest. I’m ready for it.”

The disappointment of England’s pool-stage exit from their own World Cup has not been forgotten.

But Rowntree – who twice toured with the Lions as a player in 1997 and again in 2005 – insists he has learned a great deal from his experiences.

“It should stand me in good stead going forward. I come here now after an enforced exile from the game with a whole heap of energy to give back,” he added.

“There’s so much potential – look at the blend of the (Harlequins) squad – so that makes it very appealing for me. I love coaching, and I’m ready to do it for a long time.”

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