Kingsley Jones (Welsh rugby union flanker)
not to be confused with Kingsley Jones (Welsh rugby union prop), Wales and British Lions international rugby union player
|Full name||Philip Kingsley Brian Jones|
|Date of birth||19 June 1969|
|Place of birth||Nantyglo, Wales|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||98 kg (15 st 6 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
|Position||Flanker, Number 8|
Kingsley Jones (born 19 June 1969) is a former Welsh rugby union coach and former player. He has coached several teams in his career, ranging from domestic club in England to the Russian national team. He is currently the head coach at Newport Gwent Dragons, working alongside Lyn Jones.
As a player, he won 10 caps for Wales between 1996 and 1998, once as captain. A flanker, he played his club rugby for Abertillery RFC Ebbw Vale RFC, Pontypridd RFC, Worcester Warriors and Gloucester. Jones has captained every side that he played for including Wales and Wales A
Jones represented the Barbarians as a player on their 2000 UK tour of Ireland Scotland and England and ten years later went on to coach the famous Club against England and Ireland.
He spent one season as player coach at Doncaster Knights, before moving to Sale Sharks as the forwards coach. He was later promoted to head coach then on to director of rugby at Sale, before leaving in February 2011, after seven years during which time the Sharks won the European shield in 2005 and Guinness premiership in 2006. He was then appointed head coach of Russia, leading them to the 2011 World Cup, and to the final stages of the 2015 Rugby World Cup European qualifications.
In 2013 Jones took up an Assistant coach position with Newport Gwent Dragons, a role he combined with his role with the Russia national team.
On 22 May 2014 it was announced that Jones had quit as head coach of Russia due to family reasons. This announcement was made just a day before Russia's Round 6: Repechage playoff with Germany for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Jones was replaced with Raphaël Saint-André, brother of French national coach Philippe Saint-André.
|Russia National Rugby Union Coach