Former Welwitschias coach in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge and Currie Cup, Lyn Jones, strongly feels that Namibia’s team still needs an expatriate coach who can take the national team to greater heights.
Jones, who handed in his resignation a fortnight ago, after 18 months in charge of the national team, told the Windhoek Observer this week that he took the decision in order to spend more time with his family in his native country, Wales.
Speaking from Wales, Jones said that he enjoyed every moment he coached in Namibia and believes that he achieved his mission to improve Namibia’s rugby.
He, however, feels that Namibian players still have a lot to learn, especially from a foreign coach.
“The players have greatly improved in all aspects of the game since my arrival in January 2017 and I believe that Namibia’s rugby will only grow if it continues to hire foreign coaches,” he said.
“There has been a massive improvement in scores and performances against the Cup A standard teams in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge Cup. The Welwitschias even had their first ever victory away in South Africa by beating Valke in May in the Supersport Rugby Challenge.”
Jones’ departure has opened up doors for one of the local coaches to take over, albeit on a short-term contract.
The Wales coach’s former right hand men JP Nel and Roger Thompson are favourites to land the post in the interim, while the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) continues to search for a coach to take over on a longer-term basis.
Another coach that could be in the frame for the job is Johan Diergaardt, a former national team coach and current coach of the University of Namibia (UNAM) in the Namibia Rugby Premier League (NRPL).
“Who is selected to head coach next is not my business, however, it is much better to bring coaches in from the outside to lead, teach players new techniques, tactics and training ideas. Roger (Thompson) and JP (Nel) are good coaches who could lead in the short term, but Namibian players desperately need outside coaching help,” Jones said.