Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Welsh is all but relegated to the Rugby Football Union Championship for next season but the club’s Director of Rugby Lyn Jones has vowed nothing will change for the club after their relegation having played just one season in the top flight of English professional rugby.
Jones has also promised the fans of the club the club will bounce back and return back to the top flight at the end of next season.
The 48 year old also believes that the club’s retention of their base in the Oxford region of London is also vital in the club sustaining itself in the long run.
Speaking to BBC Oxford, the club’s boss stated that the club will keep hold of almost all their key players and hence, they are quite confident about an immediate return to the Aviva Premiership. He mentioned that there is an extremely strong passion and desire to stay at Oxford and he hopes the club gets it done as soon as possible.
He also stated that it requires strong people and strong leaders to shape the future of rugby in the region as well as the future of the club. The club moved to their new Oxford base at the start of the season from their old base after securing promotion from the RFU Championship and winning an appeal against them being denied a chance to play in the top flight.
Jones also paid tribute to the players for the season they have had, mentioning that it was a tough season for the players, most of whom were playing in the top flight for the first time and he was very happy with the effort they put in. The Exiles were docked points for fielding an ineligible player which saw them relegated.