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New Director of Rugby

24 Jul 2019 2:08 PM | David Jacobs (Administrator)


News release


23 July 2019

Abu Dhabi Harlequins are pleased to announce the arrival of their new Director of Rugby, Mr. Niall Lear.

Niall has extensive experience of delivering top level coaching to mini and youth players as well as at seniors club level. Niall has played at club rugby’s top level, and has earned international honours representing his home nation of Scotland.

Having worked in highly-regarded international schools and at top level clubs, Niall has the experience and knowledge to drive the Abu Dhabi Harlequins to delivering the very best rugby experience for its members.

Previously, Niall was a House Master and Rugby Coach for the internationally-renowned Merchiston Castle School for three years in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Prior to this, he was House Master and Physical Education teacher for eight years at the Queen Victoria Military School in Dunblane, Scotland. 

Niall’s achievements include representing Connacht Rugby A (2008- 2009), Loughborough University 1st XV Rugby (2000-2005), Scottish Schools Rugby (2000), Scotland u-18 Rugby (2001), Scotland Sevens Training Squad (2006/07), Rosslyn Park 1st XV Squad (2005/07), Glasgow Hawks 1st XV Squad (2004/5), Scottish Schools Athletics, and the GB u-23 Athletics team.

Niall says his goal for the Abu Dhabi Harlequins is to make the club as successful as possible both on and off the field.

Niall arrived at 6.30am on Monday 22 August and took charge of his first coaching session at Zayed Sports City at 7.00pm the same evening. He wanted to start pre-season training as soon as possible - and he did so, less than 13 hours after his arrival.  Niall says there will be a mixture of on and off field sessions over the summer getting the players into the best possible shape moving forward into the season.

The committee wish Niall all the very best in his new role. We look forward to working with him to achieve the club’s goals.

If you’d like to take part in the summer training programme, get in touch with the Abu Dhabi Harlequins club captain by email at clubcaptain@abudhabiquins.com or by ringing +971 50 905 0559.

Andy Cole


Abu Dhabi Harlequins

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