London Welsh confirm Lyn Jones departure
June 7, 2013
London Welsh have announced that head coach Lyn Jones has been released from the third and final year of his contract with the recently-relegated club.
The Exiles insist that the release has been granted for personal reasons and "reflects a wish by Lyn to move back to Wales to be nearer his family and home" although he is widely expected to be unveiled as the Newport-based Dragons' new director of rugby in the coming days.
Jones said: "It's been an unbelievable journey with London Welsh, but sadly, and I do sincerely mean sadly, it now personally draws to a close. Just when I thought, as a coach, I'd experienced all what the game can offer, London Welsh happened. The last two years have proved both exhilarating and challenging in Richmond, but my return to Wales has to happen and I leave with hope that I have helped players improve in a small way.
The departure of Jones is just the latest blow to London Welsh who have not only lost their place in English rugby's top flight but also their major benefactor and a host of players including captain Jon Mills. The Exiles, who are yet to decide whether they will continue to play at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford during next season's Championship campaign, already have "a short list of three eminently qualified people to take over the role of head coach."
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