Welwitschias second string team coach, Lyn Jones, is expected back in the country on 1 April after agreeing to a new contract with the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU).
Jones’ future in Namibia had appeared to be in doubt after Welsh media reported in February that he had joined Welsh rugby side, Neath RFC, as a coaching consultant.
According to the reports, Jones was not happy with the revised remuneration package offered to him by the NRU to continue mentoring the Welwitschias team in this year’s SuperSport Rugby Challenge and in the Currie Cup first division.
Although details of the new deal remains sketchy, Jones told the Windhoek Observer this week that he had accepted the new offer from NRU.
The coach said he will soon jet into the country to prepare the Welwitschias for the upcoming SuperSport Rugby Challenge that normally starts in April.
“I will be coaching the Welwitschias in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge and the Currie Cup competition this year. I am looking forward to it. I’ve always wanted to build on last season and this year we need to do much better than last season,” Jones said.
NRU Chief Executive Officer, Mervin Green, also confirmed that Jones had signed a new contract, adding that the coach is expected back in the country on 1 April.
“We are busy planning a press conference to inform the media about him (Jones). The initial date set for his arrival is April 1,” said Green when asked about Jones’ new contract.
Jones was coach of the Welwitschias second string team last year, coaching the team during the SuperSport Rugby Challenge that was held between 22 April and 16 July.
The Welwitschias played eight matches in that competition, losing seven and winning only one game, a 45-43 win over The Hino Valke on 27 May at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.
The team’s heaviest defeat in the competition was a 112-14 thumping at the hands of the Golden Lions on 6 May at the Alberton Rugby Club in South Johannesburg, South Africa.
The SuperSport Rugby Challenge is a club competition organised by the South African Rugby Union (SARU), which is also the secondary domestic rugby union competition in South Africa, and the long-term successor of the Vodacom Cup competition.
The competition is contested by 14 South African rugby teams and the Welwitschias.
Jones, who denied the reports that he had been offered a job in his native Wales, said that he decided to take up the new offer in order to improve Namibian rugby at the amateur level.
“None of what you mentioned (job offer in Wales) is true, none. I have never received any offer anywhere besides the one at the NRU,” Jones told Windhoek Observer from his native Wales.
Namibia’s team in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge comprises mainly of players plying their trade in the Namibia Rugby Premier League.
Another competition that awaits Jones is the Currie Cup first division, which is the second tier cup competition behind the Currie Cup premier division.
In the Currie Cup first division, the Welwitschias finished in seventh position out of the eight teams that took part in the competition that was held between 25 August and 20 October 2017.
Just like in the SuperSport Challenge, the Welwitschias had a disappointing campaign, losing six out of the seven matches played.
Their only win was a 51-25 win over Eastern Province Kings at the Hage Geingob Stadium on 2 September.
The team’s heaviest defeat in the competition was a 78-29 defeat against the Leopards at Olën Park, Potchefstroom, South Africa.