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Monday, October 5, 2015

Dallas Harlequins Name Boot Head Coach




Dallas, TX - October 5, 2015 - The Dallas Harlequins Rugby Football Club (Quins)
announce the appointment of Jan Boot as head coach for the 2015 – 2016 rugby season,
effective October 5, 2015.

Jan Boot, a South African native, brings over 22 years of playing and coaching
experience to the Quins, including two years with the Quins in 1999 and 2001. As a Quin
player Boot played with the club in the now defunct USA Premier Rugby Super League,
a competition of the top twelve U.S. rugby clubs and the highest level of U.S. club rugby
at that time.

“The Dallas Harlequins are excited about the return of Jan Boot to Dallas as the new head
coach of our rugby club. His combination of playing and coaching experience, along with
his first hand knowledge of the Quin culture and our special club history, makes Jan a
great choice to lead the Quins in the upcoming USA Rugby National Club Competition, “
said John Dale, President of the Dallas Harlequins RFC.

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Boot has coached at all levels of rugby from high school rugby to men’s club rugby in
both the United States and South Africa. Boot coached the Yale University Rugby Club
before moving back to South Africa to coach club rugby in the Blue Blues Carlton
league. Boot coached Blue Bulls U21, Pretoria Rugby Club and the Oostelike Eagles
leading up to his appointment as head of the Quins coaching staff.

“I am excited to return to Dallas and to coach the Dallas Harlequins,” says Boot. “As a
player, I really enjoyed my experience with the club and the city of Dallas, and I am
honored to be able to come back to coach my former team. With the Dallas Quins’
affiliation to the Aviva Premiership Harlequins, the club’s historic successes in USA
Rugby, and our renewed emphasis on player recruitment, we expect to play an exciting
brand of rugby and compete for championships in our conference and in the USA Rugby
Club Division 1 playoff competition.”

Jan Boot succeeds Anthony Holder as head coach of the Quins. Holder, another former
Quin Super League player, returned to his home city of Stoke, New Zealand after the
2014 season for family reasons. Holder helped design the club’s long-term strategic plan
and Boot is committed to implementing the plan as the new Quin Head Coach.
The Dallas Harlequins RFC is a U.S. rugby club founded in 1971 in Dallas, TX. The
Harlequins are one of only eight rugby clubs in the world affiliated with the Harlequins
FC, a professional English rugby club who plays in the Aviva Premiership Rugby league.

The Dallas Harlequins won the USA Rugby Club National Championship in 1984, when
South African rugby star Naas Botha played with the club after trying out as place kicker
for the Dallas Cowboys. In 1997, the Harlequins became a founding member of the USA
Premier Rugby Super League; the league was the top US club competition until the
league dissolved for economic reasons in 2012.

The Dallas Harlequins past players include 13 Eagles, USA Rugby’s national team, and
multiple capped international players, most famously Botha a 2005 inductee to the
International Rugby Hall of Fame.

Harlequin alumni players also include U.S. Rugby Foundation Hall of Fame (USRF Hall
of Fame) Referee, Ian Nixon, MD, F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., and USRF Hall of Fame Award
Winners, Nelson Spencer, and Bob Latham Latham currently serves as the Chairman of
USA Rugby’s Board of Directors.

The Dallas Harlequins play Division 1 club rugby in the Red River Rugby Conference of
the Western League of USA Rugby.

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