Justin Burnell replaces Lyn Jones as head coach at London Welsh
Last Updated: 08/06/13 11:32am
Justin Burnell: Former Cardiff coach takes London Welsh helm
London Welsh have appointed Justin Burnell as new Head Coach following Friday's departure of Lyn Jones.
Burnell was included in a shortlist of three candidates to fill Jones position, who asked to be released from the third and final year of his contract for personal reasons.
Previously joint Head Coach and forwards coach of Cardiff Blues, Burnell guided them to a Heineken Cup quarter-final appearance last year before bringing an end to eight years with the club's coaching set up.
Burnell said: "Following eight years of elite player development and coaching with the WRU and Cardiff Blues, I am proud and absolutely thrilled to be moving onto the next chapter and to be joining London Welsh.
"This represents a huge and exciting opportunity for me to be part of an ambitious club and one that is steeped in so much history. I have been extremely impressed with the Board's ambitions.
"With the help of the players, staff, Board and loyal supporters, I aim to move the club forward and look to build upon the foundations laid over the last couple of seasons, with the aim of regaining Premiership status."
London Welsh Chairman Bleddyn Phillips said: "We are very fortunate to have been able to secure the services of someone with a track record such as Justin's so quickly.
"Not only did he have an excellent reputation while Forwards Coach at the Cardiff Blues, helping to guide them to the latter stages of the Heineken Cup, but he also demonstrated an enthusiasm, high degree of technical knowledge and considerable empathy with the players, which helped earn him great respect from people currently occupying very senior positions within English Premiership rugby.
"He has previously worked with Huw Wiltshire and Ryan Campbell and has already had meetings with senior coaching staff at the club, who are equally excited by the appointment."