Jones to lead Dragons next season

Date published: May 11 2016

Kingsley Jones will continue to lead the Dragons as head coach next season, with the region dispensing with the director of rugby position.

The 46-year-old joined the Men of Gwent in 2013 as assistant coach, in a combined role whilst also overseeing the National Russian team.

In 2014, Jones took up his current position as head coach of the Welsh side and is thrilled to take the Dragons into the 2016/17 season.

"I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the region," he said.

"I am very proud of the fact that I was born and bred in this passionate rugby area, and it means a huge amount to me to be given this responsibility. Despite the frustrations of this season, I have no doubt about the potential and ability within the squad, and I am looking forward to the new season with excitement and enthusiasm."

Chief executive Stuart Davies added: "Kingsley is highly respected by this group of players, his coaching peers in Wales and the wider rugby fraternity, and we absolutely feel that he is the right man to take charge of the team.

"His appointment as head coach though, rather than director of rugby, means that we will be reviewing the roles and responsibilities of the wider management team, whilst Kingsley and I will also discuss bolstering the coaching team to add further support, skills and experience."