Mark Jones to join Ospreys as new defence coach

Mark Jones was part of Wales' Grand Slam-winning campaign under Rob Howley in 2013
Mark Jones was part of Wales' Grand Slam-winning campaign under Rob Howley in 2013
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Ospreys have announced the appointment of Mark Jones as the new defence coach of the Wales province.

Jones will take over from Darren Edwards, who held the defence coach role since January 2022.

The 43-year-old started his coaching career with Scarlets as backs coach and also had a similar role with Wales before joining Rotherham. Following a stint with Namibia in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, he joined Crusaders as backs coach under Scott Robertson.

He was also assistant coach of Worcester Warriors prior to the club being put into administration and was leading Wales Under-20s in the Junior World Championships in South Africa where they finished sixth.

“I can’t wait to get started. There’s a talented group of boys here, with some incredible young prospects that I’ve already had the pleasure of working with," he told the club's official website.

"I’m truly excited for the opportunity to help drive the defensive strategies of the Ospreys and I’m looking forward to contributing wherever I can towards the team being the best team it can be.”

Ospreys head coach Toby Booth welcomed the appointment of Jones to the coaching group.

“We believe Mark’s experience in different environments will be invaluable for us. His tenure as the Crusaders Defence coach certainly caught our eye.

“Defence is a key area of improvement for us and we are looking forward to working with Mark to improve this area of our game.

“Mark’s recent experience as Wales u20s head coach was definitely another plus for us. His commitment to developing young talent aligns seamlessly with our long-term strategy as a region and coaching staff.”