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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