Wales legend lands Super Rugby job and Welsh prop re-joins team that dumped him – Wales Online

The latest rugby headlines from Wales and beyond
Get the latest Welsh Rugby news analysis and interviews
We have more newsletters
Get the latest Welsh Rugby news analysis and interviews
We have more newsletters
These are your rugby headlines on Tuesday, November 7.
Stephen Jones has been appointed backs coach at Super Rugby Pacific side Moana Pasifika for the 2024 season.
Jones, a Welsh Test great in his playing days with 917 points in 104 tests, served as Wales' attack coach from 2019 to 2022, but has now landed a new job with the Auckland-based team and is raring to get going.
“I’m excited to join this organisation and I’m looking forward to the new challenges of the Super Rugby Pacific competition” Jones said after the announcement. “I am excited to bring my perspective to the style of rugby played in the Pacific and the Southern Hemisphere and help the next crop of Pasifika talent flourish.”
Head coach Tana Umaga says he is excited to have Jones on board.. “He brings a different style of thought process to us as well as the necessary skillset for our attack and kicking strategy," he said. "He’ll also be able to develop our first five-eights and game drivers which is crucial for not only Moana Pasifika but Samoa and Tonga as well.”
Moana Pasifika, a team made up of players from Pacific Island nations as well as New Zealand or Australian-born players of Pasifika heritage, including Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands, also announced the appointment of Toaigaotumua Tom Coventry as forwards coach.
READ MORE: Jamie Roberts backs Wales stalwart to make next Rugby World Cup and tips 'one to watch' in his old position
LATEST: Wales get Six Nations boost and French experts pick out best Welsh player
Wales prop Henry Thomas has returned to Montpellier following the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup.
The front-rower was axed by the French club in the summer when he was asked to join up with Wales' pre-World Cup camp and said in an interview with WalesOnline, which you can read here, that he wouldn't be at the Top 14 side next year.
Thomas played through the World Cup essentially as a free agent, but now he has returned across the English Channel and has re-signed with his old club, whom he has played for since 2021. Quite where that leaves the 32-year-old, who has four caps for Wales, in terms of his future in the Welsh team now appears to be up in the air.
"Montpellier Hérault Rugby has formalised the return of Henry Thomas," Montpellier wrote in a statement.
"Arriving in Hérault during the 2021-2022 season, and member of the French champion team, Henry Thomas returns to Montpellier, after having participated in the World Cup with Wales. He has already reunited with his teammates and completed his first training sessions at the start of the week. Welcome back home Henry!"
Listen to the latest WalesOnline rugby podcast
Scarlets coach Dwayne Peel heaped praise on Gareth Davies after his captain's performance led the Llanelli-based side to a derby triumph over Cardiff at the weekend.
Having returned from the World Cup with Wales, the scrum-half took on captaincy duties for the URC match at the weekend and helped to steer his side to a much-needed 31-25 bonus point victory, scoring his 60th try in his 234th game for the region in the process.
Scarlets boss Peel waxed lyrical about his skipper, saying: “Gareth coming back from international duty was big for us. He stepped in as captain at the last minute and he led really well.
“If you have got quality players like that, it rubs off on everyone else in terms of their professionalism and attention to detail.”
Cardiff head coach Matt Sherratt also paid tribute in a classy post-match debrief: “Gareth Davies showed his class. He scored a try and then had a moment of brilliance with an assist for (Vaea) Fifita, and that was probably the difference in the end," Sherratt said.
“In these tight games, experience can get you over the line and I thought the Scarlets’ more experienced players – Gareth Davies, Fifita, Johnny McNicholl, Steff Evans – they have been in those situations before and that’s what got them over the line probably.”


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top