Paul Gustard

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Paul Simon Keith Gustard
Date of birth (1976-02-02) 2 February 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock (rugby union)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1997–2002 Leicester Tigers
London Irish
97 70
Correct as of 20 February 2013

Paul Gustard (born 2 February 1976) is a former rugby union footballer who played for Leicester Tigers,[1] London Irish and Saracens at flanker. He was captain of rugby and educated at the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle and is the son of former Gosforth favourite Steve Gustard, who was the club's leading try scorer for several seasons in the late 1970s. He gained Full County Cap honours with Durham County & was selected to captain the England u21 tour to Australia under Manager Jeff Probyn. An extraordinary honour as he was the only player not to be attached to a Premiership Rugby Squad.

Gustard was offered a full-time contract by Bob Dwyer to join Leicester Tigers in the summer of 1997 following the England U21 tour, and went on to make his debut against Leinster[1] in the Heineken Cup, which preceded his try scoring league debut against Sale in October 1997. Gustard went on to make 97 competitive appearances for the Tigers, including being a used replacement in the famous Heineken Cup final versus Stade Français,[2] and being part of the squad where they won 4 Premiership titles in his 5 years at the club.

He left in 2002 to join London Irish,[3] and went on to make 98 appearances in 4 years for the Exiles, including a spell as the first team captain before he moved in 2006 to join London rivals Saracens, where he was part of a squad that were two of the club's most successful years competing in 4 semi finals in 6 competitions, including the last minute loss to Munster in the semi final of the Heineken Cup in 2008 under head coach Alan Gaffney. Gustard went on to make 48 appearances for the Men in Black, before incoming head coach Eddie Jones offered him the role as an assistant first team coach. Following Jones departure of the club, Saracens appointed Brendan Venter, the former Springbok centre, as Director of Rugby who made Gustard his defence and forwards coach.

Gustard had an injury blighted career, but managed to represent England at all levels and the Barbarians. He was in the England pre World Cup squad in 1999 of 36 before it finally got cut to 30 playing against the USA in August 1999.[4] He ultimately never played for the senior side.

On 17 December 2015 it was announced that Gustard had been appointed as the England Rugby team's defence coach, supporting the recently appointed team coach, Eddie Jones. Jones noted that "He has overseen Saracens' growth as a team, he has produced an aggressive defence system there and we are hoping he can do the same for England."[5]


  1. ^ a b "Paul Gustard profile". Leicester Tigers. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Healey's flash of genius seals lion-hearted Tigers triumph". 19 May 2001. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gustard makes Irish switch". BBC Sport. 29 January 2002. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rugby Union Gustard joins England squad". BBC. 9 August 1999. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Paul Gustard: England's Eddie Jones appoints new defence coach". BBC News. 17 December 2015. 

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