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UAE Sevens target Paul Turner joins London Wasps

Paul Turner, who was thought to be at the top of the UAE Rugby Association's shortlist for the new head sevens coach, has been unveiled as a consultant attack and skills coach for London Wasps.

Paul Turner, who was thought to be at the top of the UAE Rugby Association's shortlist for the new head sevens coach, has been unveiled as a consultant attack and skills coach for London Wasps, the club confirmed.

Last week, Ian Bremner, the chief executive, revealed that he was resigned to seeing his unnamed target join the English rugby giants as he stepped up his search for a full-time coach to lead the UAE through qualification for the Dubai Sevens this summer and develop the sport to Emiratis.

It comes after another target in Ben Gollings, the England sevens legend, had turned down a move after already accepting a coaching role at Rugby Lions, a fifth-tier English club coached by Neil Back.

Turner has spent 11 seasons working in English rugby with a number of clubs including Sale Sharks and Harlequins, while spending the last six season in Wales with the Newport Gwent Dragons.

"To join a club of Wasps' calibre is a great opportunity for me," Turner told the club's website.

"Wasps have always been a club I admired and respected and I am delighted to be back coaching in the Premiership. The club has clearly put together a strong squad for next season with some highly talented attacking individuals and I am looking forward to helping shape the structure of how the side plays."

The association is currently in talks with a French candidate after 35 coaches applied for the position.

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