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Leigh Jones leaves Hong Kong for Leicester Tigers – Welsh Rugby Union

The previous Ebbw Vale, Dragons and Wales forwards coach, who’s at present Common Supervisor of Rugby Efficiency with the Hong Kong Rugby Union, will take-up his new publish on the English Premiership membership on 1 Might.

He led the Wales A programme below Sir Graham Henry and went on to turn into a senior member of the Japanese help staff on the 2015 Rugby World Cup alongside now-England head coach Eddie Jones and Leicester Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick.

Throughout his time in Hong Kong he additionally held the function of nationwide coach and coach training supervisor, overseeing the rise of the nationwide staff to 22nd on the boys’s World Rugby Rankings. That makes them the second-highest ranked staff in Asia behind Japan,

Hong Kong are additionally the present holders of the Asia Rugby Championship, whereas their girls’s facet are on the verge of securing a spot in a second successive Rugby World Cup.

Jones will be a part of fellow Welshman, Aled Walters, who’s head of bodily efficiency, at Tigers.

“The chance to imagine the Common Supervisor function with an organisation like Leicester Tigers doesn’t come alongside usually, and was one which I couldn’t flip down. I’m desirous to tackle this problem and grateful for the encouragement I’ve obtained from current and former gamers, employees and board members on the Hong Kong Rugby Union,” stated Jones.

“I’ve seen loads of excellent, younger, shiny coaches come by and Steve Borthwick is among the finest I’ve labored with. He’s modern, good on his ft, has an incredible work ethic and has reference to the gamers.”

“What has resonated with me is that there’s a actual widespread trigger and purpose amongst individuals on the membership to get Leicester Tigers again to the highest. There’s a clear understanding with everybody and it begins with the event and recruitment of the suitable individuals and, hopefully, I’ll put one other piece in what’s a vital jigsaw at Tigers.”

In his new function Jones can be liable for the off-field efficiency of Leicester Tigers, together with overseeing the Oval Park facility, and have accountability for the operational processes and procedures on the coaching floor. He may also drive the cultural and efficiency requirements in any respect ranges of the rugby programme, together with the academy and senior squads.

As well as, he’ll work alongside Borthwick on the event of the present teaching and efficiency staff and taking part in squad, in addition to the recruitment of coaches, efficiency employees and gamers at Tigers.

“Leigh is a world-class, skilled operator who we’re excited to be welcoming to the membership,” stated Leicester Tigers CEO, Andrea Pinchen.

“Within the new function Leigh will oversee your entire rugby programme’s operations, with a big-picture view as to the place this membership desires and must get to, and for which Steve [Borthwick], Aled [Walters] and your entire teaching staff and efficiency employees have labored onerous to construct the foundations since 1 July of final yr.

“In addition to driving world-class requirements in our operations and overseeing the processes on the membership, Leigh can be a key member of the senior management staff at Leicester Tigers to make sure we uphold the requirements anticipated of all people at this membership. We’re very assured in his potential to do this, in addition to being enthusiastic about what he’ll carry to this function.”