Lyn Jones takes the helm at London Welsh
June 6, 2011
Former Ospreys head coach Lyn Jones will take over at London Welsh © Getty Images
London Welsh have turned to former Ospreys head coach Lyn Jones to fill the vacancy left by Phil Greening.
Jones will join the Richmond-based outfit from July 2011 with a brief to take the club to Aviva Premiership.
Jones had five successful years at the helm of the Ospreys, during which time they were Magners League champions in 2005 and 2007, and Anglo-Welsh Cup finalists in 2007 and champions in 2008.
It was during his time at the helm of the Ospreys that the region had a record 13 players in the Wales starting line-up for a clash with England at Twickenham.
Prior to joining London Welsh, Jones worked for two years in Abu Dhabi and has previously held posts at Newport Gwent-Dragons and Neath RFC.
"I will bring my experience and understanding of coaching at the top level to a side that has ambition. Closing the gap between Aviva and Championship rugby takes a lot of hard work to create more consistent individual performances," he said.
"To be successful in this environment is not just about your own ability and work ethic; it's about surrounding yourself with people of ability and experience of what it takes to succeed in the professional game.
"My passion for the game and my desire to coach remain very strong and I hope I have a huge amount to offer the game of rugby at the highest level for many years."
London Welsh Managing Director John Taylor said: "We are very excited about this appointment. Lyn has already proved himself at the highest level and has really bought into our vision of the way forward for this great club. He has a rare coaching talent and the fact that he is Welsh is an added bonus."
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