Harlequins have announced that former Munster and Ireland front row Jerry Flannery will join the Club in the role of lineout coach ahead of rugby’s return.
Flannery, 41, retired from playing in 2012 after an impressive career with Irish provinces Connacht and Munster before winning 41 caps for his national side between 2005 and 2011.
After hanging up his playing boots, the former hooker turned his hand to coaching, first as a strength and conditioning coach with Premier League football team Arsenal from 2013-14 before being recruited as Munster’s scrum coach by the late Axel Foley in 2014, going on to become the Irish province’s forwards coach in 2017 before leaving his former club last year.
Commenting ahead of his arrival at The Stoop, Flannery said: “I’m very excited to be joining the Quins family. Harlequins is a club with a great history and fantastic supporter base.
“Gussy’s passion for the art of coaching along with his drive to bring success to Harlequins was a big factor in my joining. I’m also looking forward to integrating with the other coaches, Adam Jones, Nick Evans and Sean Long, and working with Quins’ very talented playing group.”
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Harlequins have welcomed more false dawns than most clubs – as highlighted by their misfortune in the transfer market when it comes to exciting signings that ultimately proved disappointing.
1. Paul Doran-Jones
They signed the England international prop from Northampton in 2013 with then boss Conor O’Shea saying: “Not only is Paul talented, at his age he will only get better.” However, after two disappointing seasons at the Stoop, making just 19 appearances, he left to rejoin Gloucester.