Aviva Premiership

O'Shea: Jones not poised to take Quins job

Conor O'Shea says talk of Newport Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones succeeding him at Harlequins is wide of the mark.

Jones was spotted at The Stoop when Quins trained last Thursday to fuel speculation that he could replace O'Shea at the Premiership club when the Irishman takes over as Italy head coach in June.

Dragons boss Jones missed his side's European Challenge Cup quarter-final win at holders Gloucester last weekend due to illness, but O'Shea said those who have linked Jones with the Quins job have jumped to the wrong conclusion.

O'Shea said: "It's people putting two and two together and making five.

"Lyn was here on Thursday, not the day they played or whatever. He was just here with his son, so I would suspect if he was ill, he was ill the following day. Nothing wrong with that."

He added: "When London Welsh got promoted Colin Osborne, as well as coaching here, he was doing skills with London Welsh.

"Lyn and Colin Osborne have been friends for a long time, and obviously worked together then.

"And since Lyn's been at London Welsh I've got to know him really well so just having him around when he came in, that's all that mattered there.

"And if he was sick the following day he was sick the following day."

O'Shea revealed Quins are making progress with their search for his successor.

"The bosses here are starting now to cut down the shortlist and some decisions will be made pretty quickly I would have thought," he said.

"I'm involved and I've been asked but the ultimate decision is not going to come down to me. I've been involved in the process and I'll let the club complete the process."