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Stephen Jones agrees new deal with Scarlets

Guinness PRO12 Rugby Editor

2 Mar 2017

Stephen Jones

Scarlets can today confirm that Assistant Coach Stephen Jones is the latest to put pen to paper signing a new deal with his home region.

The announcement comes just days after the region confirmed a new deal for fellow Assistant Coach Ioan Cunningham.

Jones, one of Wales’ most successful backs and the country’s second highest points scorer, has engineered Scarlets’ exciting and attacking style of play.

Stephen Jones said: “I’m pleased to extend my time with the Scarlets, especially as we head towards a pivotal period in the season.

“We’ve been working tirelessly behind the scenes over the last few years and the players have bought into the ethos with great enthusiasm and energy. We’re seeing the improvements on the field and it’s great to see such a high number of the region’s young talent making a name for themselves in the PRO12 and stepping up to the plate in Europe.”

Commenting on the news Scarlets Head Coach Wayne Pivac said;

“We’re delighted to be announcing that Stephen has put pen to paper on a new deal only a few days after announcing a new deal for Ioan (Cunningham).

“We have another big challenge ahead of us this weekend as we do everything within our power to secure a place in the top four. A big part of the success is the compatibility of the management group and the fact that it’s enjoyable coming to work every day.

“Stephen is a tireless worker and his enthusiasm, as well as his technical and tactical ability rubs off on the boys and that is evident both on and off the field.”

The Scarlets are currently locked in a tight competition for a spot in the Guinness PRO12’s top four with only seven rounds of the regular seasons remaining.

Carmarthen born Jones, who made over 300 appearances for Llanelli and Scarlets over a 14 year period with the region, joined the Scarlets coaching team ahead of the 2015-16 season as Backs Coach.

Jones embarked on a new challenge in his playing career with a move to Aviva Premiership side Wasps at the end of the 2011-12 season before hanging up his playing boots and taking on a coaching role, as Backs Coach, under the leadership of Director of Rugby Dai Young at Wasps.

A true Scarlet both on and off the pitch Jones’ represented the Scarlets when the game first went regional in Wales during 2003-4, after seven years with Llanelli RFC, and returned to his home region ahead of the 2006-07 season after a successful period with Clermont Auvergne.

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