Paul Gustard backs England to win 2019 World Cup

Last Updated May 21 2018, 15:54Rugby Union

Paul Gustard has backed England to win the 2019 World Cup despite leaving Eddie Jones' set-up to to become Harlequins' new head of rugby.

Defence specialist Gustard will leave England's Test ranks after June's three-Test tour of South Africa, with head coach Jones now seeking a replacement.

The former Saracens coach will replace ex-rugby director John Kingston, with Quins now seeking a general manager to take charge of off-field affairs.

Gustard has backed England to keep progressing with minimal fuss however, insisting that Jones' men will still win the World Cup in Japan. They are 6/1 to do so with Sky Bet.

"There's always change with England and it's another opportunity for the team to grow," said Gustard. "It's brilliant for me, for the opportunity that I've got.

"And I fully believe the team will continue to kick on and improve, and that on November 2, 2019 we'll lift the World Cup."

Gustard, 42, has revealed he was talking informally about extending his Rugby Football Union (RFU) contract when Quins made contact.

And so instead of further extending a deal that was set to run until the end of the World Cup, Gustard will now leave his England post and start work at Quins on July 1.

"The opportunity was just too good to turn down," said Gustard. "It wasn't a job that I went out to seek, it wasn't a job that I was coveting. I was very happy in my role and was currently in negotiations with the RFU about extending my contract. And then an informal conversation led to where I am today. And I'm unbelievably excited about the opportunity to represent Harlequins.

"Whenever you make a decision you're always weighing up a lot of things. For me it came down to my career, my choice, my ambition to be a head coach. I believe I've been developing a skill set over the last 10 to 12 years that has put me in good stead.

"It's a difficult thing to walk away from your country, of course it is, but the opportunity to do this was just too good to turn down."

Gustard left Saracens to join the England set-up in January 2016, helping boss Jones' side to a record-equalling 18 successive Test wins.

England lifted the Six Nations title in both 2016 and 2017, but slipped to a fifth-place finish this year.

England boss Jones gave his blessing for Gustard to move to Quins, confirming in an RFU statement: "I wish Gussy all the best at Quins. He is a talented young English coach and a very good choice for the role.

"He has made a big contribution to the England coaching team as our defence coach and I'm happy that he has this opportunity to develop and prove himself in a head coach role."

Harlequins chief executive David Ellis hailed Gustard's appointment as the Londoners bid to improve on this season's 10th-place Premiership finish.

"Paul has extensive experience at the highest levels with Saracens and England and is one of the most respected coaches in world rugby," said Ellis.

"We are very grateful to the RFU for its support and co-operation in releasing Paul early from his contract with England."

Related rugby union links

Most Read

Amazing Red wins under Dettori1

Northumberland Plate preview

David Ord's horse-by-horse guide to Saturday's Stobart Rail & Civils Northumberland Plate and he takes an Ed Dunlop Newmarket raider to snatch the prize.

England players pose for a picture with hat-trick hero Harry Kane2

England players react to victory

Hat-trick hero Harry Kane and many more of his England team-mates reacted to their 6-1 thrashing of Panama at the World Cup.

Edinson Cavani celebrates with teammate Diego Godin after scoring Uruguay's third against Russia3

Uruguay top Group A with victory

Luis Suarez led the way as Uruguay made sure of top spot in Group A by ending 10-man Russia's perfect start to their own World Cup.

Salem Aldawsari celebrates his goal against Egypt4

Egypt end World Cup without a point

Salem Al Dawsari struck an injury-time winner as Saudi Arabia recorded their first World Cup win since 1994 by beating Egypt 2-1.

Portugal are tipped for a narrow victory over Iran by Tom Carnduff5

Monday's Group B betting tips

Tom Carnduff looks over the Group B action on Monday evening, and is backing Spain and Portugal to progress to the round of 16.

Most Read

Amazing Red wins under Dettori1

Northumberland Plate preview

David Ord's horse-by-horse guide to Saturday's Stobart Rail & Civils Northumberland Plate and he takes an Ed Dunlop Newmarket raider to snatch the prize.

England players pose for a picture with hat-trick hero Harry Kane2

England players react to victory

Hat-trick hero Harry Kane and many more of his England team-mates reacted to their 6-1 thrashing of Panama at the World Cup.

Edinson Cavani celebrates with teammate Diego Godin after scoring Uruguay's third against Russia3

Uruguay top Group A with victory

Luis Suarez led the way as Uruguay made sure of top spot in Group A by ending 10-man Russia's perfect start to their own World Cup.

Salem Aldawsari celebrates his goal against Egypt4

Egypt end World Cup without a point

Salem Al Dawsari struck an injury-time winner as Saudi Arabia recorded their first World Cup win since 1994 by beating Egypt 2-1.

Portugal are tipped for a narrow victory over Iran by Tom Carnduff5

Monday's Group B betting tips

Tom Carnduff looks over the Group B action on Monday evening, and is backing Spain and Portugal to progress to the round of 16.

Racing Tips

Amazing Red wins under Dettori

Northumberland Plate preview

David Ord's horse-by-horse guide to Saturday's Stobart Rail & Civils Northumberland Plate and he takes an Ed Dunlop Newmarket raider to snatch the prize.

Tuesday's racing preview

Ashley Iveson makes Guns Of Leros his best bet for Tuesday and has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Ben Linfoot previews Tuesday's meetings with the Sporting Life Daily Nap running on Newbury's evening fixture.

Next Race Off
21:00 Kilbeggan
1
(0)
Jonnigraig
J: Mr P W Mullins
3
(0)
Present In Court
J: Ms L O'Neill
8
(0)
Russian Dancer
J: Mr D T Kelly

Football Tips

Group C betting tips from Sporting Life

Tuesday's Group C betting tips

Billy Cundall is expecting a low-scoring French win helping Australia to sneak through to the round of 16.

Ahmed Musa celebrates putting Nigeria ahead against Iceland

Tuesday's Group D betting tips

We've got a couple of recommended selections from Tuesday's Group D games as goals are expected in Argentina's must-win game with Nigeria.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.