Paul Turner (rugby player)

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Paul Turner
Full name Paul Turner
Date of birth (1960-02-13) 13 February 1960 (age 55)
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
Sale FC
Bedford RFC
Rugby Lions
Newport Gwent Dragons
Ampthill RFC
correct as of 12 June 2014.

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

Playing career[edit]

Turner was born in Newbridge, and 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] An outside-half, he was a prolific goal-kicker and is the joint record points holder for Newport RFC.

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 worked as a rugby consultant on the grassroots rugby programme "Inside Welsh Rugby".[8] In 2014, he rebranded the company as "Paul Turner Sport",[9] offering additional services to compliment his coaching.


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