A perfect end to Kingsley’s reign

TOMORROW night in the north of England will be an emotional time for one rugby man of Gwent –  though he will be on the ‘other’ side.

For Sale director of rugby and former coach Kingsley Jones the LV Cup game against Newport Gwent Dragons will be his farewell to the club where he has spent the last seven years.

He’s known he would be departing for a while – his highlight being taking the team to the Premiership title – and it was deliberately planned that his last game would be against his ‘home’ region.

Jones, of course, captained Ebbw Vale for four years, virtually coaching the team as well, and he also played for Cross Keys and Pontypridd before making his way across Offah’s Dyke.

He made a success of it in England as well, first as player-coach with Doncaster, then coaching at Gloucester where he formed a Gallic alliance with Frenchman Philippe Saint Andre which carried on when the pair moved on to Sale.

That ended when Saint-Andre returned to his native France with big spending Toulon, and Jones’ star has been on the wane since.

“When I sat down with Brian (Kennedy, the Sale owner) and the board we thought it was right to put myself out there because it’s too late to say I am available in May,” he said.

“I looked at the fixture list and said there was no better game than the one against the Dragons, my home region, for me to leave.

“It’s always nice to see familiar faces, but it’ll be a tough game even though both sides have been disrupted. The LV Cup is an important tournament for us and it’s a chance to salvage something,” he added. “The winners of the tournament, if it’s an English team, qualify for the Heineken Cup so hopefully it’ll be a semi-final then a final for us.

“Since the Brive debacle we’ve kicked on with six points out of eight in the Premiership, so we aim to kick on and have a go at this with its Heineken qualification.”

Jones admits it’s been difficult in the past two years at Sale with a smaller squad, but he will spend the next month or two looking at his options.

He could return to Wales depending on what is available, he could join up with Saint-Andre again or he could even go to Russia to take charge of the game there, especially as Steve Diamond, who was doing the job there, has now returned to Sale himself.

“Seven years in March is a long time in anyone’s life and there are not many people around who have been that long in Premiership rugby in England,” he said.

“I’ll see what’s available, what’s out there until the end of Febraury. A lot of people know I’m available and I’m very open minded about going to France or Russia, anywhere.

“It’s an opportunity to try different things, I still want success and I still want to win things. I found it difficult in the last two years with a small squad, it’s great when you are winning but it’s the toughest job in the world when you’re losing.”

A special presentation is being made to Jones in the Sale clubhouse tomorrow night when Dragons coach Paul Turner will also sing his praises. “It will add extra spice to the game, Kingsley has done really well,” said Turnetr.

Win or lose, the cheers and applause will ring out loud and long around Edgeley Park.

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8:21am Thu 27 Jan 11

Poolergirl says...

Maybe Kingsley will come back to his roots and replace PT at RP!!!
Maybe Kingsley will come back to his roots and replace PT at RP!!! Poolergirl
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12:14pm Thu 27 Jan 11

Robert Shillabeer says...

In your dreams Poolergirl. He is lined up for a job at the BBC doing what he always does talk rugby. He has been a failure at Sale really just look at his record. He won one championship and the rest of the time has been in the lower half of the table in England. That's why he was booted upstairs at Sale because he was not up to the job really. There are no really good coaches available in rugby these days, The Ospreys have an Auzie who has made no impact on the side, the Scarlets have a reasonable head coach but has failed to make a real difference even though they are enjoying quite a good year dispite losing out in the Hin Cup as have the Blues who have a reasonably good coach who again has failed to make that much of an impression. As for Pual Turner he has done quite well with a very small squad compared to what the other regions have to play with. The best coach in Wales at the moment has to be at the Scarlets because he has done what the Dragons are now doing, given the younger players the opotunity to develop and make the bones of a side that will become better as time progresses. So if you look at the foir regions over the next four or five years I would put the listing as the Scarlets, the Dragons, the Osprey and the Blues in that order.
In your dreams Poolergirl. He is lined up for a job at the BBC doing what he always does talk rugby. He has been a failure at Sale really just look at his record. He won one championship and the rest of the time has been in the lower half of the table in England. That's why he was booted upstairs at Sale because he was not up to the job really. There are no really good coaches available in rugby these days, The Ospreys have an Auzie who has made no impact on the side, the Scarlets have a reasonable head coach but has failed to make a real difference even though they are enjoying quite a good year dispite losing out in the Hin Cup as have the Blues who have a reasonably good coach who again has failed to make that much of an impression. As for Pual Turner he has done quite well with a very small squad compared to what the other regions have to play with. The best coach in Wales at the moment has to be at the Scarlets because he has done what the Dragons are now doing, given the younger players the opotunity to develop and make the bones of a side that will become better as time progresses. So if you look at the foir regions over the next four or five years I would put the listing as the Scarlets, the Dragons, the Osprey and the Blues in that order. Robert Shillabeer
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12:24pm Thu 27 Jan 11

Poolergirl says...

well he cant do a worse job then PT!!!
well he cant do a worse job then PT!!! Poolergirl
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12:57pm Thu 27 Jan 11

Newport Dave says...

Poolergirl wrote:
Maybe Kingsley will come back to his roots and replace PT at RP!!!
He has no roots at RP.
[quote][p][bold]Poolergirl[/bold] wrote: Maybe Kingsley will come back to his roots and replace PT at RP!!![/p][/quote]He has no roots at RP. Newport Dave
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1:08pm Thu 27 Jan 11

Robert Shillabeer says...

Kingsley Joners has performed no better than anyone who has managed any Welsh region, in fact on an analysis of what he had at his disposal and what he achieved he probably faired worse than any existing regional club in Wales. There has not been any interest in othe English Premiership clubs to try and attract him since he was told he was to be replaced as head coach at Sale has there.
Kingsley Joners has performed no better than anyone who has managed any Welsh region, in fact on an analysis of what he had at his disposal and what he achieved he probably faired worse than any existing regional club in Wales. There has not been any interest in othe English Premiership clubs to try and attract him since he was told he was to be replaced as head coach at Sale has there. Robert Shillabeer
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7:41pm Thu 27 Jan 11

SWBorderer says...

On my last visit to Rodney Parade, through my rose tinted glasses I was awestruck by the long line of the world's top rugby coaches battering on the doors of the club house offering to do the job for nothing and promising to make the Dragons the best team in the world in five minutes without spending a penny, I also see men in white coats coming to take me away!!!!!
Paul Turner has done a good job, and hopefully will continue to do so for quite a while.
On my last visit to Rodney Parade, through my rose tinted glasses I was awestruck by the long line of the world's top rugby coaches battering on the doors of the club house offering to do the job for nothing and promising to make the Dragons the best team in the world in five minutes without spending a penny, I also see men in white coats coming to take me away!!!!! Paul Turner has done a good job, and hopefully will continue to do so for quite a while. SWBorderer
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8:26pm Thu 27 Jan 11

Robert Shillabeer says...

SW, it is obvious that some of the anti PT brigade do not go to matches (not all) as some did not know the development of the Argus terrace had started. That shows how much some of them support the side, but just like a good moan, perhaps there is no real ahrm in them, but they should speak from experience not just shout thier mouths off.
SW, it is obvious that some of the anti PT brigade do not go to matches (not all) as some did not know the development of the Argus terrace had started. That shows how much some of them support the side, but just like a good moan, perhaps there is no real ahrm in them, but they should speak from experience not just shout thier mouths off. Robert Shillabeer
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12:01am Fri 28 Jan 11

CM1 says...

"He has no roots at RP"

So?
"He has no roots at RP" So? CM1
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12:53am Fri 28 Jan 11

Newport Dave says...

CM1 wrote:
"He has no roots at RP" So?
As the quotation in my post points out, my reply was for poolergirl who said,
Quote:
"Maybe Kingsley will come back to his roots and replace PT at RP!!!"
Simple really.
[quote][p][bold]CM1[/bold] wrote: "He has no roots at RP" So?[/p][/quote]As the quotation in my post points out, my reply was for poolergirl who said, Quote: "Maybe Kingsley will come back to his roots and replace PT at RP!!!" Simple really. Newport Dave
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7:15pm Sat 29 Jan 11

CM1 says...

"As the quotation in my post points out, my reply was for poolergirl who said,
Quote:
"Maybe Kingsley will come back to his roots and replace PT at RP!!!"
Simple really.""

not sure that was the intended meaning of poolergirl's post...I assume she meant gwent.
"As the quotation in my post points out, my reply was for poolergirl who said, Quote: "Maybe Kingsley will come back to his roots and replace PT at RP!!!" Simple really."" not sure that was the intended meaning of poolergirl's post...I assume she meant gwent. CM1
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