Lyn Jones: Welshman named as the head coach of Russia
Former Dragons and Ospreys boss Lyn Jones has been 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.
Jones will hold the role once held by fellow former Wales open-side Kingsley Jones.
"My goal is to make the Russian team stronger and worthy to perform at the 2019 World Cup in Japan," Jones confirmed in a statement.
"I talked with Kingsley Jones, who worked with the Russian national team a few years ago. Kingsley spoke positively about the time spent here. But I want to make my own idea about rugby in Russia, about the country, and about its culture."
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.