Dragons in approach to Kingsley Jones
NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have sounded out Kingsley Jones about him heading up the coaching team at Rodney Parade.
Last Friday the region suffered a 60-3 home drubbing at the hands of Glasgow – their worst ever defeat and the heaviest home loss in RaboDirect Pro12 history.
It has prompted calls to change the coaching team with director of rugby Robert Beale, head coach Darren Edwards and his assistant Rob Appleyard in the firing line.
On Monday chairman Martyn Hazell said there would be no rash decisions, stating: “We have got to stand firm – it’s too far into the season and I can’t see what good changes would do.”
But on Tuesday he said: “We have to go through it with the coaches and see what they think is the problem, or they may be the problem anyhow.”
With the coaching staff under contract, sweeping changes are costly and unlikely.
However, the Argus understands that former Sale boss Jones, who is currently coaching Russia and working as a technical advisor with London Welsh, has been approached by the Dragons.
They have looked at the possibility of bringing him in with forwards and defence coach Appleyard heading for the exit.
Nothing is likely to change before this weekend and the current coaching team will be in charge for Sunday’s must-win Pro12 clash against Zebre.
The Italians have lost all of their games this season and if they were to break their duck then it would undoubtedly speed up any potential backroom changes.
Edwards expects scrutiny following last week’s humbling but says that the coaching staff are just focused on the job at hand.
“As coaches we are just concentrating on the players and looking for a reaction from them to Glasgow. Whatever else happens will be,” he said.
“We didn’t see what happened last week coming, I don’t think anyone did.
“We had been building since Christmas and had won our previous three games, while those that we lost were tight.
“Glasgow came out of the blue and it was a sucker punch, the worst experience of my career both as a player and coach.
“It’s a collective thing – it’s a problem for all of us and we have just got to work through the situation as a group.
“That sort of a defeat can’t be brushed under the carpet and nobody here expects that, but we do need to react to it on Sunday.”