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Jones agrees new Ospreys deal
Scrum.com
December 7, 2009
Prop Duncan Jones in action for the Ospreys, Ospreys v Worcester Warriors, Anglo-Welsh Cup, Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, October 26, 2008
Ospreys prop Duncan Jones has agreed a new deal with the Swansea-based side © Getty Images
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  • Wales loose-head Duncan Jones has signed a new three-year contract with the Ospreys that will keep him at the region until the end of the 2012-13 season.

    The 31-year-old made his Ospreys debut in January 2004 against Toulouse in the Heineken Cup, and he has gone on to rack up 114 appearances to date, putting him second in the all-time appearance list for the region, behind his fellow loose-head Paul James. He has also established himself as a regular in the national squad since making his Wales debut against Australia in 2001, with 57 caps to his credit.

    "I think it's important that wherever you decide to play your rugby that competition keeps you on your toes or else you will inevitably become complacent," commented Jones. "That certainly won't happen here, if I let my standards slip, I know that there are quality players ready to take my place. We're an ambitious group here, we are obviously proud of what we have achieved so far in our short history, but we genuinely believe that there's a lot more to come from us. I want to be a part of that, and I want to do what I can to help bring more success to the region."

    Ospreys Forwards Coach, Jonathan Humphreys, said that everyone involved with the region would welcome the news. "We are looking to build a squad based around individuals who display the right values, characteristics and desire, and Duncan is certainly someone who possesses all of those and he will continue to be an asset for the Ospreys."

  • Harlequins head coach John Kingston has agreed a new contract that will keep him at Twickenham Stoop until 2012.

    Kingston has filled the role for the past 18 months, helping Quins to the Heineken Cup quarter-finals and to second place in the Guinness Premiership last season.

    "We have developed a style that the players enjoy and which allows them to express themselves in a positive and successful manner," he said. "The squad has made giant strides and, with our summer issues well and truly behind us, I have no doubt that the next few years are going to be very exciting."

    Quins are set to unveil their new director of rugby before Christmas to replace Dean Richards, who resigned amid the 'Bloodgate' scandal.

  • Danny Cipriani will make his comeback from a broken leg in Wasps' A League clash with Harlequins in Henley on Monday night.

    The England fly-half, an unused substitute in yesterday's 24-22 Guinness Premiership victory over Leicester, has made a full recovery from the fractured fibula he sustained two months ago.Cipriani has been handed the number 10 jersey and could make his playing return for the senior side in Saturday's Amlin Challenge Cup clash with Bayonne.

    Former All Black Mark Robinson joins him at half-back after completing his rehabilitation from knee surgery.

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