Premiership champions Harlequins have appointed former All Blacks centre Tabai Matson to lead their coaching team for the 2021-22 season.

Matson will join the club later this month after his contract as head coach of New Zealand Under-20s comes to an end.

Matson will head up the existing management team consisting of Nick Evans, Adam Jones, Jerry Flannery and Charlie Mulchrone, who last Saturday steered the club to their first league title since 2012 when Exeter were defeated at Twickenham.

Millard said Quins had “identified in the middle of last season that we were in need of extra resources in the coaching department, and left no stone unturned in the process of identifying the right person to fill that role”.

“I’m really excited to join Harlequins,” Matson said in a statement. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching them go from strength to strength this season from New Zealand.

“I’m not coming to reinvent the wheel. This is a special team with some fantastic people and a great history. I’m incredibly excited to add to what this talented coaching team already has and keep pushing this side to new heights.”

Harlequins confirm Tabai Matson as new Harlequins head coach

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