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Kingsley Jones to consider future at Sale Sharks

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Kingsley Jones won the Premiership title with Sale in 2006

Kingsley Jones admits he is considering leaving Sale Sharks at the end of the season after seven years with the club.

The former Wales captain is currently the Premiership side's director of rugby having previously been head coach and before that, forwards coach.

And his departure could court interest from some of the Welsh regions.

"I've got a great relationship with the owners at Sale... I've had a chat with them about what the future holds," Jones told the BBC's Scrum V programme.

"I think for the next six to eight weeks I'm going to have a look at what opportunities are out there if there are any out there, but in this job it's all about timing.

"There's a job there for me at Sale which I'm thankful for but I think maybe it's time for me to look at another challenge and I'm considering that and see what comes out.

"In seven years I've evolved from forwards coach to head coach to director of rugby and maybe it's time [to move on], we'll see."

London Wasps and Leicester Tigers have dominated the Premiership since the play-offs were introduced eight years ago.

But Jones ensured Sale broke that dominance in 2006 when he led them to the title.

During his tenure, he also blooded the likes of Andrew Sheridan, Magnus Lund, Eifion Lewis-Roberts, who were all capped from the Sharks, while Sebastian Chabal and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe emerged as world stars while on their books.

Newport Gwent Dragons are looking to boost their fortunes and they could be interested in bringing in Jones, who hails from the region.

The Dragons have struggled in the Magners League this season, sitting ninth in the table and are looking outsiders for Heineken Cup qualification for next season, while they are already out of this year's tournament.

But the Cardiff Blues have also slumped in the Heineken Cup and may want to bring in Jones to work alongside director of rugby Dai Young.

However both could be overlooked if French club Toulon come calling.

The big-spenders have Jones' former coaching partner at Sale, Philippe Saint-Andre, as their director of sport and would be keen to re-unite the pair.

Jones took over as director of rugby at Sale in the summer of 2009 after Saint-Andre left for Toulon and former England captain Jason Robinson took up Jones' position as head coach.

Sale struggled with injuries and form in the 2009/10 campaign and only narrowly survived relegation above Worcester.

Ex-All Black Mike Brewer replaced Robinson at the start of this season and Sale overhauled their squad in an attempt to improve their standing.

But he was sacked last month leaving the Cheshire-based club in 10th with just three wins, and on Sunday, fly-half Charlie Hodgson announced he would leave at the end of the season after 11 years.

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