Newport Gwent Dragons have confirmed the appointment of former London Welsh boss Lyn Jones as their new director of rugby

Last Updated: 10/06/13 2:43pm

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Lyn Jones: Former London Welsh boss returns to Wales as Newport Gwent Dragons' new director of rugby

Lyn Jones: Former London Welsh boss returns to Wales as Newport Gwent Dragons' new director of rugby

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Newport Gwent Dragons have confirmed former London Welsh boss Lyn Jones as their new director of rugby.

Despite ultimately being relegated, Jones, 49, won many plaudits for his work in making the Exiles such a strong proposition during their maiden Aviva Premiership campaign.

The ex-Ospreys boss was known to be keen to return to Wales, and he takes over a Dragons outfit who have consistently languished near the bottom of the RaboDirect Pro12 table.

The Dragons have not been helped by losing key players such as Luke Charteris, Aled Brew and Dan Lydiate to the French league in big-money moves.

Robert Beale moves from the rugby director role to team manager, whilst Darren Edwards will remain as head coach at the Gwent region.

However, assistant coach Rob Appleyard has left the Rodney Parade side by mutual consent.

Dragons chairman Martyn Hazell said: "Last season was a difficult one for us at the region, but having brought our finances under control, we are looking to build our team for the future.

"With some key signings made during the off-season, we are confident that Lyn has the experience and expertise to support our coaching team and ensure that we get the very best out of our group of young, talented players."

Chief executive Chris Brown added: "Having stabilised the business and now strengthened the rugby, we believed we have a sustainable product that will secure the future of rugby at Rodney Parade for years to come."

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