Pair retire to take coaching roles

RUGBY UNION: Wales wing Mark Jones and Ireland flanker Simon Easterby have both announced their retirements from the game to take out coaching positions with Magners Leaguers Scarlets.

Jones, 30, won 47 caps for Wales in an injury-ravaged career and takes up the role of skills coach, while 35-year-old Easterby has accepted a two-year contract as defence coach.