Stephen Jones, Rugby Correspondent, “The Sunday Times“
“There is no doubt that Paul Turner is one of the best rugby coaches of his generation. He has added value (to use the horrible modern expression) wherever he has coached in a vivid career at the top levels – at Sale, Gloucester, London Welsh, Saracens, Newport Gwent Dragons and Wasps.
And as an inveterate coach, he has stopped over at many places in between – for example, coaching Hertfordshire to the County Championship final in his spare time!
Just to pick out two of his career staging posts. The Turner years at Sale where he was player-coach, were the driving force of the club’s rise from Cheshire park-pitch club to the full-blown professional outfit of today. At the Dragons, battling with a tiny budget, he was able to keep the region competitive against some of the biggest sides in Europe.
But the true picture is hidden by too much attention to the team and corporate sides of rugby. Turner was a wonderfully skilful and intelligent player, and one of his true gifts lies in passing on the skills and rugby knowledge to individuals and groups. His former clubs are full of players he improved out of sight, and who still swear by him as a coach and mentor.
One memory. I can recall Turner played for Newport against Gloucester, on a day of driving wind and rain. He kicked one incredible conversion from the left hand touchline with his right foot. Soon after, he kicked another, from the right hand touchline, with his left foot. Even the great kickers of today usually have only one strong foot. Skill. You cannot beat it.”
Andrew Gomarsall MBE, England World Cup Winner 2003
“I have known Paul well since playing against him during my Wasps days when he was still a player at Sale. He coached me subsequently at Bedford and at Gloucester.
He is one of the visionary coaches currently within the English game and displays a huge passion which is based on innovation and creativity. Personally I always enjoyed playing under Paul because of the energy he brings to the environment.
His rugby knowledge is second to none and has the ability to bring out the best skills in young players.”
Will Greenwood MBE, England World Cup Winner & One Of England’s Highest Try Scorers
“Your career is defined by the players you take the field with and the coaches that guide you. I have played with and been coached by some of the best. Everyone finds there area of expertise.
Paul Turner excels in the arts that are now dying in our game. Vision, awareness, composure, high tariff skill levels. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Paul as a coach. On top of all that, everything happens with a smile. Nothing is worth it if it doesn’t!”
Chris Roberts, Director of Rugby At The King’s School Canterbury
“We thoroughly enjoyed having Paul Turner working with the teams at King’s Canterbury. He brings a different skill set to the attention of young players from his wealth of experience as an elite player and coach.
He is able to deliver to a variety of ages and abilities without compromising his standards and expectations, which I believe is a rarity in the game at the moment.
The lads at King’s thoroughly enjoyed their sessions with Paul and are no doubt better players as a result.”
Alex Millican (Player) Old Reigatian RFC
“The Rugby session I have just got home from and the previous session were two of the best I’ve been involved with as a rugby player.
The planning, pace and challenge of the sessions are suited perfectly to the needs of Old Reigatians who want to play fast flowing attacking rugby.
The continuous team and player feedback were abundant throughout the sessions, this makes the players feel valued as well as promoting improvement.
I would like to thank the club for arranging Paul to come down and providing some outstanding coaching as well as giving clear direction to our attacking game plan.
If Carlsberg did training sessions!”
Nick Robinson, Assistant Head & Director of Sport At Castle Court School
“Paul delivered an outstanding day of rugby to our pupils and staff at Castle Court School. Pupils of all abilities were inspired by his enthusiasm for the game and by his high energy and clear delivery.
It was refreshing to see him focus on coaching the basics skills of rugby – handling, space and movement. His passion for players being skilful, quick thinkers and decision makers was clearly evident and enabled players of all abilities within the sessions to improve.
Paul also delivered a handling skills session to a group of Year 7 and 8 girls, who were asked to relate the handling skills they performed with a rugby ball to their netball practises. They enjoyed it so much, many have asked to play rugby!
Paul’s knowledge of the game and how it should be played was inspirational. He was equally able to relate his ideas and philosophy to an u8 TAG team right through to an international team. Our school benefited greatly from his time at Castle Court.”