Lyn Jones welcomes Paul Turner's appointment at Wasps

Paul Turner
Newbridge-born Turner won three caps for Wales

London Welsh coach Lyn Jones has said he is delighted former colleague Paul Turner is back in rugby with London Wasps.

It is Turner's first role since he left the Rodney Parade region in February.

"Paul's got a lot of experience and still got a lot to offer the game," said Jones.

Former Wales fly-half Turner has previous coaching experience in England with Sale and Harlequins.

And Jones, who spent a brief spell as part of Turner's coaching staff at the Dragons, believes the 51-year-old can play an important part in Wasps' revival.

The High Wycombe-based club endured a disappointing campaign last season, finishing ninth in the Aviva Premiership and missing out on a Heineken Cup spot.

"We know that Wasps haven't been the greatest side in the last two years," said Jones. "It needs freshening up.

"Paul has a great vision for the game and he reads the game particularly well. I think he will bring a level for players to express themselves and enjoy their rugby.

"He's well respected and I wish him well. Wasps should have a good year next year."

Jones, the former Ospreys head coach, was appointed by London Welsh in June after he left his role as director of rugby at Al Khubairat school in Abu Dhabi.

And the former Wales flanker says he has been working hard since his appointment preparing for the Exiles' new campaign in the Championship.

"It's been a tough couple of weeks but we're going in the right direction which is the important thing," said Jones.

"It's going to take a bit of time to get my philosophy through to the players.

"There's a big invitation to them to come and join me and I hope they take it on board and perform to their maximum.

"The squad in London Welsh has already been put together so I'm inheriting a squad.

"It will be quite interesting to see everybody play and make judgements as soon as I can to formulate my best starting fifteen for September."

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