Academy coach Mark Mapletoft to leave Harlequins at end of season

Harlequins are at seventh place in the Gallagher Premiership table
Harlequins are at seventh place in the Gallagher Premiership table
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Harlequins have confirmed that Academy coach Mark Mapletoft will leave the Gallagher Premiership club at the end of the 2019/20 season.

Mapletoft, who has played a solitary Test for England in 1997 joined the Quins in 2010 when Conor O'Shea was the club's director of rugby and held various positions from attack coach, backs coach and head coach before taking in charge of Academy in July. He also contributed to the club's 2010/11 European Challenge Cup and 2011/12 Premiership title wins.

“The 2011/12 Premiership final will always stand as the highlight of my time with Harlequins. To see such a talented side lift the trophy against opposition as tough as Leicester Tigers was a special moment," he told the official website of the club.

“It’s been a privilege to work with genuine Harlequins legends over the years and the squad from that final will always hold a special place in my heart”

Harlequins General Manager Billy Millard had high praises for Mapletoft's contribution to the club.

“Tofty has been a key part of Harlequins’ DNA for a decade, it’s no coincidence the Club achieved some of its most notable silverware during his time with Quins.

“From the first XV to our current academy setup, Mark has had a real and lasting impact, and we wish him nothing but the best in his future.”

Harlequins are positioned seventh in the Gallagher Premiership season which is currently suspended following the pandemic coronavirus.

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