Mark Jones Waits For Big Call On His Future As Wales U20 Coach

Mark Jones has turned around the fortunes of the Wales U20s team, but he spent the weekend wondering if he will continue in the role.

As Wales’ youngsters returned from the World Rugby U20 Championships in South Africa, their caretaker head coach has admitted his own future is uncertain.

Having picked up the head coaching reins when Bryon Hayward stepped down a month before the tournament, he helped to transform a team who lost every game in the Six Nations, into a side that picked up two wins and ended sixth overall in South Africa after losing their final match against Australia.

His three-month contract will end once he has completed his report on the tournament and he will be back on the job market. Will the WRU offer him a longer-term opportunity with their age grade sides?

“You’ll have to ask the powers that be what happens to me next. I’ve just been focusing on the final game and finishing as high as we possibly could,” said Jones.

“I’m in the profession of coaching, that’s my living. The fact I enjoy it makes it even more rewarding.

“I’ve got to put food on the table, so I’ll be looking for a new job as soon as this one finishes. I don’t know where that will be.

“I’ll have to check off the wife’s to do list when I get home, but my bags will remain packed so I’m ready to go where the right job comes up.

“I took on the job with Wales at short notice for three months. It excited me and I’ve loved doing it. It has been the people who have made it exciting for me.

“The World Cup could have been anywhere, but with this group of players and staff it has been great.”


While Wales continue their World Cup preparations and get ready for three matches in August, their pool opponents Australia did not enjoy the best of weekends.

The Wallabies suffered a dramatic 34-31 loss to Argentina on Saturday, which followed a 43-12 defeat to the Springboks the week before.

As he plots a recovery in time to face Wales in France, Australia coach Eddie Jones admitted: “At the moment, it seems like we’re miles away from where we need to be. But all this is going to make us harder and more hungry to get it right.

“We’re a team that needs to change. We know that. And that’s the reason I’m here in the job.”


Also changing are the Dragons, who are trying to broaden their appeal and tap into new relationships that might lift their profile.

At the weekend, they announced a partnership with former PDC World Darts champion Gerwyn Price.

The 2021 world champion hung up his rugby boots in 2014 to take up a career in darts and has taken the sport by storm since.

But Price, known as The Iceman, is a long-standing Dragons supporter and former semi-professional  player himself.  He will now don the team’s logo on his shirt.

The deal will see Price sport the Dragons logo on the back of his darts shirt while the Dragons will, in turn, support him with the Iceman’s logo featuring on the arm of the club’s new home, away, and European jersey this season.

“It’s fantastic to link up with Dragons. I’d have liked to have come down here and played for a few seasons, so it’s nice to be involved in this way and really show my support for the team,” Price said in a statement on the Dragons’ official website.