Atlanta Harlequins

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Atlanta, GA
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The Atlanta Harlequins were established in 1984 as a select side for several teams scattered about the southeastern part of the country. The best players from these teams, including University of Georgia and Florida State, combined to play in Atlanta, GA.

After proving themselves a powerhouse in the South and in USA Rugby’s Division I, the Harlequins were promoted into the WPL in 2013.

Head Coach: Phillip Thiel

Phillip Thiel, USA Eagle #411, began his athletic career as a multi-sport athlete in high school (football, wrestling, track, and rugby) and carried his love of rugby through college, playing for the Traverse Bay Blues. During his time with the club, he was given the opportunity to play in England and joined Cinderford RFC for a season before returning to the states to play for Life University, winning the 2008 Men’s Division I National Championship. Thiel’s first cap for the Eagles was in 2009 versus Uruguay and culminated in appearances in the 2011 World Cup (New Zealand) and return appearances with the Eagles in 2013 and the 2015 Rugby World Cup before retiring again to spend time with his family, coach the Quins, and begin a fitness studio in Marietta.