Lyn Jones: Welshman expected to be next head coach of Russia

Former Dragons and Ospreys boss Lyn Jones is expected to be appointed as the new head coach of Russia.

The 54-year-old, who won five caps for Wales as a flanker, has been working as head coach at Neath RFC.

A statement by the Russian rugby federation said there was a “unanimous decision to preliminarily approve his candidacy for the post of head coach”.

Should Jones be appointed, he will hold the role once held by fellow former Wales open-side Kingsley Jones.

The decision on whether or not to appoint Jones as new head coach will be made within 21 days.

Welsh Premiership club Neath issued a statement saying they have made contingency plans should Jones take the Russia role.

The Welsh All Blacks said: “Lyn visited Russia last week for the interview and kept the club informed of his intentions.

“In light of this and the fact that Lyn would likely be a very strong candidate we made tentative approaches to potential replacements in the last week.”

Jones was most recently head coach of Namibian-based club Welwitschias, after previously taking charge of Dragons, Ospreys and London Welsh.

Russia have qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and will play in Pool A alongside Scotland, Ireland, Japan and a play-off winner.

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