Jones may pip Key to Rotherham Titans job

Andy Key: Interviewed by Titans
Andy Key: Interviewed by Titans
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Speculation is growing that Rotherham Titans will announce shortly the name of their new coach to take over team matters at the Championship club from the current coach Lee Blackett who is leaving for a new job at Premiership clubs Wasps.

It is understood that the former Wales international winger, Mark Jones, 35, and Andy Key, 56,who was Director of Rugby at Leeds from 2008 until 2011 following a successful coaching career at Leicester Tigers, have both been interviewed for the vacancy at Clifton Lane.

Considering their achievements within the professional game, both Jones, capped 47 times by Wales between 2001 and 2009 and Key, who was Head of Rugby Development at Leicester Tigers for 15 years, would have substantial credibility.

At this stage, it appears that Jones may be the favourite because the Rotherham directors are keen to appoint someone who is of a similar age to Blackett.

Jones, who has been on the coaching staff at Scarlets,based in Llanelli, was one Wales’ best wingers and played a major role when Wales won the Grand Slam in 2008.

He played more than 160 games for the Scarlets scoring 85 tries; if he is going to be the new Rotherham coach, Jones will inherit one of the best squads in the Championship.

Twenty of the players for the 2015-16 season competed in the promotion play-offs against Bristol last month and three of the new recruits signed by Blackett,centre Will Owen from Moseley, forward Tom Calladine,formely at Nottingham, and hooker Darran Harris,ex-Llanelli, have played at the same level.

Rotherham’s Championship squad,which reports back for pre-season training a fortnight on Monday, will have more than 30 players.