19th January 04:49 AM
New Crusaders defensive coach Mark Jones not expecting to make major changes to the defending Super Rugby champions
By Dhanjay Deo
Tuesday 14/01/2020
Crusaders new defensive coach Mark Jones [image: RNZ]

The Crusaders new defensive coach Mark Jones is not expecting to make any major changes to the three-time defending Super Rugby champions.

The former Wales winger has signed a two-year deal that will also have him involved with the Canterbury side in the national provincial competition.

His appointment continues the trend of the Super Rugby champions looking abroad to expand their coaching, having employed former Irish star Ronan O'Gara in the 2018-19 seasons.

Jones played 47 tests for Wales and was attack coach of the national side during their 2013 Six Nations Grand Slam.

His most recent job was as Namibia's attack coach at last year's Rugby World Cup.

Jones will work with head coach Scott Robertson in defence and says it's a very well established part of their game.

The Crusaders open the defence of their Super Rugby title against the NSW Waratahs in Nelson on the 1st of next month.

[Source: Radio NZ]

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