Kingsley Jones: Now I can start properly at Newport Gwent Dragons

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HEAD coach Kingsley Jones is relishing the chance to really get his teeth into the job at Newport Gwent Dragons this season, writes Chris Kirwan.

The 44-year-old former Wales flanker was brought to Rodney Parade by director of rugby Lyn Jones last summer as an assistant coach, combining the role with his work in charge of the Russian national team.

Kingsley Jones helped make a great impact in the opening months of the campaign but grew increasingly frustrated at being part-time, especially at the turn of the year when commitments coaching Russia took over.

But he has now left his job with the Bears, who are looking to qualify for a place in Wales' group at next year's World Cup, and is looking forward to being a permanent fixture at the region's new training base at Ystrad Mynach.

"This is the start of coaching the Dragons for me," said Jones, who has penned a three-year contract. "I enjoyed working with the players last year but it was frustrating doing it on a part-time basis.

"I was here to help Lyn but wasn't involved from January to March. The first few months of the season were great but it does get difficult to come in and tell players what to do and when to do it when you have been away.

"It was a difficult mix and as far as I am concerned I start properly this season. I will be doing a lot more and helping to take the pressure off Lyn.

"It was similar when I worked with Philippe Saint-Andre at Sale; the titles don't really matter, we are two guys with a lot of experience and that allows us to share the workload."

Kingsley is currently at the helm while Lyn is in New Zealand watching the Junior World Championship. The pair will be joined in Ystrad Mynach by new elite performance manager Huw Bevan and they will continue to bring in consultant coaches.

"When Lyn was in charge at London Welsh he brought in (former England sevens captain and Gloucester scrum-half) Simon Amor," said Jones. "He did lots on the small details about playing off nine, getting the backs moving, fixing fringe defenders around rucks.

"It's fantastic for players to have clinics with these specialists, whether it's once a week or once a month. It can be a really effective way of doing things and a powerful tool.

"We can bring in specialists whether it's for locks, half-backs, kicking and I think there is enough expertise in Wales to do that."

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8:54am Wed 18 Jun 14

Thor at the door says...

Coaches for this and that! What a joke! Just get the forwards nasty, hitting rucks, clearing out, and agressive at scrum time. Limit the amount of gym time and just let the players play!

Rugby is a simple game, complicated by idiots!
Coaches for this and that! What a joke! Just get the forwards nasty, hitting rucks, clearing out, and agressive at scrum time. Limit the amount of gym time and just let the players play! Rugby is a simple game, complicated by idiots! Thor at the door
  • Score: -15

9:07am Wed 18 Jun 14

blackandamber says...

Best of luck Kingsley. But remember your on the clock now and it's ticking.
Best of luck Kingsley. But remember your on the clock now and it's ticking. blackandamber
  • Score: 19

5:26pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Amber in the blood says...

Thor at the door wrote:
Coaches for this and that! What a joke! Just get the forwards nasty, hitting rucks, clearing out, and agressive at scrum time. Limit the amount of gym time and just let the players play!

Rugby is a simple game, complicated by idiots!
Totally agree Thor - the trouble is we have two idiots as coaches. The biggest idiot is not even in the country.
[quote][p][bold]Thor at the door[/bold] wrote: Coaches for this and that! What a joke! Just get the forwards nasty, hitting rucks, clearing out, and agressive at scrum time. Limit the amount of gym time and just let the players play! Rugby is a simple game, complicated by idiots![/p][/quote]Totally agree Thor - the trouble is we have two idiots as coaches. The biggest idiot is not even in the country. Amber in the blood
  • Score: -20

7:20pm Wed 18 Jun 14

v.leclare says...

I think the job of village idiot is yours
I think the job of village idiot is yours v.leclare
  • Score: 22

12:06am Thu 19 Jun 14

milodog says...

v.leclare wrote:
I think the job of village idiot is yours
sounds like you two are the idiots, love to see you as the coaches with the budget these guys have !!!!! get a grip and grow up.... and give them a chance, there experience of coaching is far more technical and structured than you would ever be able to put forward im sure.
[quote][p][bold]v.leclare[/bold] wrote: I think the job of village idiot is yours[/p][/quote]sounds like you two are the idiots, love to see you as the coaches with the budget these guys have !!!!! get a grip and grow up.... and give them a chance, there experience of coaching is far more technical and structured than you would ever be able to put forward im sure. milodog
  • Score: 13

9:08am Thu 19 Jun 14

Thor at the door says...

milodog wrote:
v.leclare wrote:
I think the job of village idiot is yours
sounds like you two are the idiots, love to see you as the coaches with the budget these guys have !!!!! get a grip and grow up.... and give them a chance, there experience of coaching is far more technical and structured than you would ever be able to put forward im sure.
You said it, "technical" - sat on apple macs picking holes in small things, putting pressure on players with stats and making them uneasy on the pitch.

You call that coaching? When was the last time you seen the backs come from deep and do a move, a slice wide or 15 on entry? Never.

When do you see the forwards hit ruck speed for consecutive rucks, picking and going? scrum half making breaks? playing off the cuff and what is in front of them? Never!

Coaches take natural talent and knock it out of the player and make them juiced up, paranoid robots!

Watch the same players when they play for invitation sides and they show their full skill set and natural talent because they are allowed!
[quote][p][bold]milodog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]v.leclare[/bold] wrote: I think the job of village idiot is yours[/p][/quote]sounds like you two are the idiots, love to see you as the coaches with the budget these guys have !!!!! get a grip and grow up.... and give them a chance, there experience of coaching is far more technical and structured than you would ever be able to put forward im sure.[/p][/quote]You said it, "technical" - sat on apple macs picking holes in small things, putting pressure on players with stats and making them uneasy on the pitch. You call that coaching? When was the last time you seen the backs come from deep and do a move, a slice wide or 15 on entry? Never. When do you see the forwards hit ruck speed for consecutive rucks, picking and going? scrum half making breaks? playing off the cuff and what is in front of them? Never! Coaches take natural talent and knock it out of the player and make them juiced up, paranoid robots! Watch the same players when they play for invitation sides and they show their full skill set and natural talent because they are allowed! Thor at the door
  • Score: -6

6:42pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

How many of you have ever coached a professional side? Modern coaching is very technical and done on the training paddock, not in the column of a newspaper. Last season we saw quite a good performance until the then head coach left putting pressure on the two who had hardly got thier feet under the table so to speak. With the new signings this year we all expect a better finish and better training facilities will by no means hardly be a handicap. Kingsley can now put into practice his own style and going on his previous clubs he will, I'm sure, be a real asset.
How many of you have ever coached a professional side? Modern coaching is very technical and done on the training paddock, not in the column of a newspaper. Last season we saw quite a good performance until the then head coach left putting pressure on the two who had hardly got thier feet under the table so to speak. With the new signings this year we all expect a better finish and better training facilities will by no means hardly be a handicap. Kingsley can now put into practice his own style and going on his previous clubs he will, I'm sure, be a real asset. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 5

8:24am Fri 20 Jun 14

Thor at the door says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
How many of you have ever coached a professional side? Modern coaching is very technical and done on the training paddock, not in the column of a newspaper. Last season we saw quite a good performance until the then head coach left putting pressure on the two who had hardly got thier feet under the table so to speak. With the new signings this year we all expect a better finish and better training facilities will by no means hardly be a handicap. Kingsley can now put into practice his own style and going on his previous clubs he will, I'm sure, be a real asset.
I have, that's how I know cetain things do not work!
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: How many of you have ever coached a professional side? Modern coaching is very technical and done on the training paddock, not in the column of a newspaper. Last season we saw quite a good performance until the then head coach left putting pressure on the two who had hardly got thier feet under the table so to speak. With the new signings this year we all expect a better finish and better training facilities will by no means hardly be a handicap. Kingsley can now put into practice his own style and going on his previous clubs he will, I'm sure, be a real asset.[/p][/quote]I have, that's how I know cetain things do not work! Thor at the door
  • Score: -1

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