The Ospreys have appointed former Wales wing Mark Jones as their new defence coach.
Jones is one of the best up and coming coaches in the game and will leave his position as Wales U20s boss to assist Toby Booth at the Ospreys.
The 43-year-old has extensive coaching experience at the Scarlets, Crusaders, Worcester Warriors and as interim attack coach of Wales.
“I can’t wait to get started,” said Jones. “There’s a talented group of boys here, with some incredible young prospects that I’ve already had the pleasure of working with.
“I’m truly excited for the opportunity to help drive the defensive strategies of the Ospreys and I’m looking forward to contributing wherever I can towards the team being the best team it can be.”
Jones will replace Darren Edwards as defence coach, and will hope to help the Ospreys move up the United Rugby Championship table.
“We believe Mark’s experience in different environments will be invaluable for us. His tenure as the Crusaders Defence coach certainly caught our eye,” said Booth.
“Defence is a key area of improvement for us and we are looking forward to working with Mark to improve this area of our game.
“Mark’s recent experience as Wales u20s head coach was definitely another plus for us. His commitment to developing young talent aligns seamlessly with our long-term strategy as a region and coaching staff.”
Huw Bevan, interim performance director for the WRU, added: “Mark did a fantastic job as interim head coach of the U20s programme. His enthusiasm and attention to detail, underpinned what was an excellent outcome at the U20 World Rugby Championship in South Africa.
“I know Mark appreciated the opportunity to work in the age grade programme and enjoyed working with a talented group of players and dedicated support staff.
“I am delighted that he has been appointed as a first-team coach with the Ospreys following on from his role with the U20s. It is a fantastic opportunity which I am sure he will embrace with his usual commitment and energy and it’s great to be able to keep a man of his talents in Welsh rugby.”