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Jones Handed Enhanced Role

Duncan Jones has been handed an “expanded role” with Ospreys for 2018-19 and will work with their forwards. The 39-year-old retired at the end of the 2014-15 season, having made over 200 appearances for Ospreys, and he has since been working with the region’s academy.

Jones, who won four Pro12 titles during his time with Ospreys, will now have the opportunity to pass his experience onto the senior side.

Head coach Allen Clarke feels Jones has all the tools to help mould their current pack and believes he can be a big asset over the coming years.

Clarke told the club’s official website: “Duncan really impressed me last season, my first year working with him, watching the work he does with the academy.

He has huge potential and I see in him the traits needed to be a top class coach, he has real integrity and a thirst for knowledge, along with the ability to deliver a message clearly.

“Everybody knows what he was like as a player, but he isn’t someone who relies on his reputation, he is working hard to be the best coach he can be and is a real asset to the Ospreys in an expanded coaching team that now also includes Shaun Edwards.

“He will work alongside myself and will focus on the scrum, from U16s right through to the senior team, working with players and coaches at all levels of the pathway, to ensure a consistency of message and delivery that can only make us stronger in a key element of the game.

“The scrum was an area where we had decent returns last year but we want to ensure we are even better this season.”

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