As revealed by Neil Fissler in The Rugby Paper on Sunday, Adam Jones has extended his contract with Harlequins where he will also become assistant forwards coach.
Jones, one of the most recognisable front row forwards in the game, made his Test debut against England in 2003 and went on to win 94 more.
Winning four Six Nations titles, the Abercrave-born tighthead has also competed in three World Cups and toured with the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013.
Joining Harlequins after retiring from international rugby and making 22 appearances to date, he has made an invaluable impact since joining, mentoring youthful talent in the Academy and senior set ups.
He said: “I’m delighted to have re-signed with Harlequins and combine my time with the role of Assistant Forwards Coach.
“Since moving to this club, I have loved my time. When John [Kingston] and Graham [Rowntree] suggested the joint role, I jumped at the chance.
“Coaching is a route I have always wanted to go down so this is an opportunity for me to work with two of the best.
“I’d be stupid to not take this chance to develop and up-skill myself with a forward pack that is only going to get better. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and doing my best to ensure we have a great year.”
Director of Rugby, John Kingston said: “Adam has had an enormous impact on the Club in his brief time at Harlequins.
“That influence has been both on field, where he continues to do a huge job when called upon, and also off the pitch, where he has set tremendously high standards of professionalism which are providing an inspirational example to others.
“His encouragement to players has manifested itself in assisting the coaching needs of individuals and groups. It is for this reason that, as well as remaining in the playing squad, both Graham Rowntree and I believe it is a perfect opportunity to put him into the role of Assistant Forwards Coach, to help Graham where needed.
“I have no doubt that Adam will continue to prove a terrific asset to Harlequins in his dual role.”
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