30 Aug Ravens to move forward with Jones
Bridgend Ravens can confirm that former Wales hooker Steve Jones has been appointed as forwards coach.
Neath-born Jones, who won five Welsh caps as player after making his debut in 2001, played for Newport Gwent Dragons on over 180 occasions, joining them at the inception of regional rugby after spells with Neath and UWIC before retiring in April 2013. He replaces outgoing forwards coach Gareth Edwards who is stepping down due to personal reasons.
Since then, Dragons original ‘Jabba’ as he is affectionately known, has been employed by Gower College and currently works with their rugby academy, while he has recently been appointed forwards coach of the Ospreys U16 West squad.
40 year old Jones was delighted after putting pen to paper, commenting, “I am extremely honoured to now be involved with Bridgend and be given the opportunity to help coach such a great club which is steeped in so much history. Having produced numerous internationals and British Lions over the years, I am very much looking forward to working with this young talented squad and management team and can’t wait for tomorrow to get underway…”
On his appointment, Head Coach Matt Silva was quick to welcome Jones to the Ravens coaching setup.
“It’s great that we have secured the services of Steve. He will bring a wealth of rugby knowledge to our environment. He has already begun to put his stamp on training and he is very much someone who the players can respect having played nearly 200 times for the Dragons over an eleven year career. It’s an excellent addition to our coaching setup ahead of what will be an exciting season.”