Paul Turner (rugby player)

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Paul Turner
Full name Paul Turner
Date of birth (1960-02-13) 13 February 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth Newbridge, Monmouthshire
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Outside Half
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Crumlin RFC
Pontypool RFC
Newbridge RFC
Newport RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1988–1989 Wales 3 (0)
correct as of 19 May 2008.
Coaching career
Years Club / team
1992-1996
1996-1998
1999
1999-2001
2001-2001
2002-2005
2005-2011
2011
2012-Present
Sale FC
Bedford RFC
Saracens
Rugby Lions
Gloucester
Harlequins
Newport Gwent Dragons
Wasps
Ampthill RFC
correct as of 12 June 2014.
Rugby union career

Paul Turner (born 13 February 1960, Newbridge), is a former Wales international rugby union player and the former head coach of Welsh regional side Newport Gwent Dragons.

Playing career[edit]

An outside-half, he was a prolific goal-kicker and is the joint record points holder for Newport RFC. He also still holds the Newbridge points scoring record of 405 points from season 1983-84 [1] and still remains the only back capped from Newbridge RFC.[2]

He also played for Pontypool, Newbridge, Bedford and Sale FC. He represented Wales on 3 occasions and played for the Barbarians invitational side three times.

Turner represented the Crawshays and the Penguins at the Hong Kong Sevens in 1985, 87 and 88 respectively.

Coaching career[edit]

Turner left Newport RFC and became player/coach at Sale FC in 1992, leaving in 1996 to join Bedford RFC as player/Head Coach, taking both clubs into the English Premiership during his tenure. In 1998/99 he joined Saracens as backs coach and then spent 2 seasons at Rugby Lions as player/coach, winning promotion to Division 1. In 2001 he left Rugby Lions to work under Philippe Saint-André at Gloucester, winning the inaugural Premiership Grand Final. He moved on to Harlequins as backs coach from 2002-05. In 2005 he was appointed head coach for the Newport Gwent Dragons and he stepped down in February 2011.[3] He was Magners league coach of the year for the 2010 season.[4] In July 2011 he was appointed attack and skills coach at Wasps[5] He is currently Head Coach at National 2 South side Ampthill RFC.[6]

Other interests[edit]

Turner founded his own rugby consultancy business "Paul Turner Rugby" [7] in April 2012 and works as a rugby consultant on the grassroots rugby programme "Inside Welsh Rugby".[8] He is also a brand ambassador for O'Neills Sportswear, and Head of Business Development at Exclusive Sports Management.[9]

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