Harlequins appoint MBE as Player Development Manager - Ruck

Harlequins appoint MBE as Player Development Manager

Harlequins have appointed Major Andrew Sanger MBE as Player Development Manager.

The 49-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked at the top level of rugby at the Army throughout his career.

Sanger was Head Coach of the senior Army team from 2010-2012 and from 2014-17 and has played and coached at all Army representative levels, as well as acting as advisor to the Fiji national team and the Wales and Australia U-20 sides.

Sanger will work with Harlequins’ players to help their development as performers and leaders and to enhance the culture of the squad. He will also work with the players to help them prepare for life after retirement from the sport.

The Welshman joined the Army straight from school and in the early 2000s worked as a bomb disposal specialist, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia, and rising to the rank of Warrant Officer before being commissioned into the Royal Engineers.

He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list in 2012 and a Commendation from the General Officer Commanding for services and leadership on operations in Bosnia. The Army also awarded him the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal for 15 years exemplary service.

“The Player Development Manager is a key position at the Club. Andy’s appointment is another important step in developing the infrastructure we need at the club to take everything we do to the next level.” said Harlequins’ Chief Executive, David Ellis.

Sanger said: “It is an honour to be joining a club that is so steeped in history with such an incredible standing in the game. I can’t wait to start work and help all those at the Club realise their incredible potential.”

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