Speculation has been circulating this week over the future of Newport Gwent Dragons boss Lyn Jones, who after missing his team’s European Challenge Cup victory over Gloucester at the weekend was spotted at Harlequins training last week.
Jones, who is currently away from the Dragons due to illness was reportedly spotted at the Stoop by Harlequins number 8 Nick Easter who had to say; “Lyn Jones was interestingly down at the Stoop on Thursday when we were doing our team run and I spoke to him and said ‘good luck’ for the weekend.”
There has been widespread rumours on social media as of late over the future of Lyn Jones at Rodney Parade.
This further development will only add fuel to the fire as Harlequins are currently on the lookout for a replacement for current Director of rugby Conor O’Shea who will be leaving the London club to takeover as head coach of the Italian national team at the end of the season.
Dragons chief executive Stuart Davies said on Monday; “He’s director of rugby and he is subject to ailments just like the rest of us. He’s off work. In fairness to Kingsley (Jones) I thought he did well stepping in”.
When questioned about the rumours that have been doing the rounds on social media, he said:
“There’s a lot out there.”
“Nothing has changed here. We are still finishing the season.”
While Jones would be somewhat of an outsider for the Harlequins role he does have experience coaching in London having spent two seasons coaching with London Welsh.
It can also be argued that Dragons’ performance in the European Challenge Cup this season in making the semi-finals would warrant attention from clubs who are in the market for a new director of rugby, however, the Dragons form in the Pro12 this season has been rather dismal with only four wins to their name.
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