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Wellies as Head Coach for Wales in 2019/20? 
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Stephen Jones has earned great acclaim as a player and is now coaching the best side in Welsh Rugby.

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Stephen is the record cap holder for Wales with 104 caps and during that time has scored 917 points for his country. He has also scored 53 points for the British and Irish Lions in six Tests on the 2005 tour to New Zealand and the 2009 tour to South Africa.

He made his international debut as a 50th minute replacement against South Africa in Pretoria, in June 1998. Previously, he had led the Wales U21 side to Grand Slam glory and also captained Wales at U18 level.

Jones featured in all three tests for the 2005 British and Irish Lions against the All Blacks, scoring 14 points in the third Test. He was the 16th player to win 50 Welsh caps and is now the second-highest points scorer in Welsh international rugby history behind Neil Jenkins. Jones was also the third player to top 500 points in the Heineken Cup.

Jones joined Llanelli from school and spent eight seasons at Stradey Park. A move to France in 2004 saw two successful seasons with ASM Clermont Auvergne, before he returned to the Scarlets an improved player for the 2006–2007 season.

The season saw him make twenty-two appearances for the region, in which he scored 213 points over the course of the year.

Jones was also the highest scoring place kicker in the Heineken Cup with 35, a total greater than that achieved by Andy Goode and Ronan O'Gara, of Leicester and Munster respectively.

Jones was selected as Wales captain ahead of the 2006 Invesco Perpetual Series; prior to the series he had captained Wales on one other occasion, against England in a Rugby World Cup warm-up match in 2003.

He led his side into the first clash of the series against Australia, scoring one penalty before a twisted knee forced him off the field. He returned to his captaincy in the last match of the series against New Zealand, scoring Wales's first three points in the 45-10 defeat.

Jones captained Wales in the 2007 RBS Six Nations; he scored all of Wales's points in the matches against Ireland and Scotland, kicked three conversions in the Parisian clash with eventual champions France, converted one try in the defeat to Italy but missed his side's sole victory of the tournament over England through a wrist injury.

After being rested from the two-Test tour to Australia, Jones was named in Gareth Jenkins's 41-man preliminary Rugby World Cup 2007 summer training squad, making the final cut to the 30-man squad in August. He made a substitute appearance against Canada in the Pool opener and notched four conversions in the victory, gained a penalty against Australia, thirteen points of Wales's 72 against Japan at the Millennium Stadium and seven points in the Pool defeat to Fiji.

Jones was selected on the bench by caretaker coach Nigel Davies ahead of Wales's clash with world champions South Africa in the inaugural Prince William Cup but had to withdraw after sustaining a thigh injury while on Scarlets duty.

In January 2008 Jones was selected in new Wales Coach Warren Gatland's RBS Six Nations squad. Jones featured in four of the tournament matches, including two replacement appearances against Scotland and France and scored a total of 44 points for Wales in the Grand Slam campaign.

Battling with the Ospreys’ James Hook to be considered the premier outside half in Wales, Jones cemented his No1 position after coming back from the summer tour of South Africa having played both Tests while Hook played the second at full-back.

Jones, the second-highest points scorer in Wales history, also played against South Africa, New Zealand and Australia in the autumn before being a constant in the 2009 RBS 6 Nations campaign. His form led him to be first choice fly half on the Lions tour of South Africa where he played in all three Tests.

He became just the second player to make 100 caps for his country (behind Gareth Thomas) when playing the Barbarians in 2011. He was part of the 2011 Rugby World Cup squad where he played his 103rd test against France in the semi-final which Wales lost, coming off the bench to replace James Hook in the 45th minute.

His 104th cap came in the third place play off match against Australia on October 21st 2011, which Wales lost narrowly 18-21.


That majestic rugby career is now reflected in the Scarlets recent winning of the Pro12 Final where they beat an Irish side in Ireland to win the most prestigious prize in our Club Rugby.

His ongoing success with the Scarlets and the recent invitation to accompany Coach McBride to the South Seas, which Stephen modestly declined, has shown the character of the man and his ability to assess the correct path for his future career.

That ability to consider the situation before him has served Stephen well in the past and he will surely become The Peoples' Choice in the next 2 years at Parc-y-Scarlets.

Whether he will suite the WRU's exacting profile of "The Head Coach of Wales Rugby" and fit neatly into the bear pit of political intrigue and back stabbing that is the lot of the foreign Welsh Coach is open to question.

Whatever comes, Stephen Jones has shown throughout his playing career that he is ready to face all and every challenge before him.

His jovial character is well suited to Wales rugby at the moment and his authority and will to win are not in question.

His coaching career has started with a remarkable success at club level and his ability to bring the very best out of his backs has never been in doubt, witness the upsurge in form and finesse exhibited by Jonathan Davies in the recent Lions Tour.

Well done, Stephen - your future is bright indeed.


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Post Re: Wellies as Head Coach for Wales in 2019/20?
Christ...I agree with Bouch.
worrying times...


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Christ...I agree with Bouch.
worrying times...


Oh **** so do I - worrying times indeed :shock:


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it would be really concerning if it were original content ;)

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it would be really concerning if it were original content ;)


If you look closely at the last few sentences, Oh Omnipotent One, you'll see that the sentences are mine.

Be careful what you wish for .....

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I don't want to dis the guy, but I remember the last "peoples choice" to come from the Scarlets,


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Post Re: Wellies as Head Coach for Wales in 2019/20?
I'd love to think that Stephen Jones will be good enough to become a great Wales coach. However, at the moment he is assistant to Pivac, who presumably has the overall control on selection and tactics and the management of the players. From what I understand, Jones is attack coach, seemingly a good one too, but the evidence suggests he does not have the experience at regional level right now.


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Cymru am byth wrote:
I'd love to think that Stephen Jones will be good enough to become a great Wales coach. However, at the moment he is assistant to Pivac, who presumably has the overall control on selection and tactics and the management of the players. From what I understand, Jones is attack coach, seemingly a good one too, but the evidence suggests he does not have the experience at regional level right now.


Tut tut CAB, never let common sense enter into a debate about a possible Welsh future coach!! :D :D

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Wellies has more coaching experience than the Howler did when he was appointed, and imho is more committed to wales.

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Using this criteria isn't Dai Young ahead of wellies by 3 or 4 years?

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Dai young and Stevo for coaches!


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What about Alun Wyn? I know he hasn't finished playing yet, but he might have done by 2019, and he might take up coaching.

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Post Re: Wellies as Head Coach for Wales in 2019/20?
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What about Alun Wyn? I know he hasn't finished playing yet, but he might have done by 2019, and he might take up coaching.


How about Adam Jones and Gethin Jenkins, who shall retire even sooner?


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Wellies has more coaching experience than the Howler did when he was appointed, and imho is more committed to wales.


That may be so. But just because he has more experience than Howley did, does not mean he's qualified either.

As I say, I would like to think that Jones would make a really good Wales coach, he probably has it in him. But so far his experience is limited to one season as assistant coach at a region that has only one league title with him as attack coach. Of course this is not ignoring his thinking game when he played.

I'm not sure how as a fan we can work out what work is his and what is through Pivac.

Jones needs to win a few more league titles and consistently won games. He probably needs to coach a tier two team and understand the international coaching problems.

Compare to Dai Young who is tje Welsh coach with most experience. Surely all the evidence points to him as the next candidate if we have to chose a Welsh man.


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Post Re: Wellies as Head Coach for Wales in 2019/20?
jimcardiff wrote:
Wellies has more coaching experience than the Howler did when he was appointed, and imho is more committed to wales.


when was howley appointed head coach of wales?


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