Lyn Jones: Welshman expected to be next head coach of Russia
Former Dragons and Ospreys boss Lyn Jones is expected to be appointed as the new head coach of Russia.
The 54-year-old, who won five caps for Wales as a flanker, has been working as head coach at Neath RFC.
A statement by the Russian rugby federation said there was a "unanimous decision to preliminarily approve his candidacy for the post of head coach".
Should Jones be appointed, he will hold the role once held by fellow former Wales open-side Kingsley Jones.
The appointment must be ratified by global governing body, World Rugby, who help fund Rugby Union Russia.
A decision is expected later in July.
Welsh Premiership club Neath issued a statement saying they have made contingency plans should Jones take the Russia role.
The Welsh All Blacks said: "Lyn visited Russia last week for the interview and kept the club informed of his intentions.
"In light of this and the fact that Lyn would likely be a very strong candidate we made tentative approaches to potential replacements in the last week."
Jones was most recently head coach of Namibian side Welwitschias, after previously taking charge of Dragons, Ospreys and London Welsh.
Russia have qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and will play in Pool A alongside Scotland, Ireland, hosts Japan and a play-off winner.