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Lyn Jones parts company with Newport Gwent Dragons

Published 20/04/2016

Lyn Jones has left Newport Gwent Dragons by mutual consent
Lyn Jones has left Newport Gwent Dragons by mutual consent

Newport Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones has left the club by mutual consent after a period away through illness.

Former Wales captain Kingsley Jones has been placed in charge of the Dragons until the end of the season.

The Welsh region have lost their last eight Pro12 games, leaving them 10th and with only the two flailing Italian teams below them.

Yet they could still win silverware this term with a European Challenge Cup semi-final away to Montpellier to come on Saturday.

Chief executive Stuart Davies said: "As a result of Lyn's absence from work, we brought forward the end of season review.

"Whilst a frustrating and disappointing season is mitigated by a lengthy injury list and a record number of narrow defeats resulting in losing bonus points, both parties agreed it was best for the side that there was a new voice at the helm going forward.

"Taking the decision now affords Kingsley Jones, head coach, the opportunity to look after the side for the remaining games, ahead of us considering our options for next season."

Lyn Jones said: "While it's not been without its challenges, I have thoroughly enjoyed my three years at the Dragons. But with the club transitioning into a new era of potentially new ownership and new investors, the time felt right for me to step aside."

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