Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones

For other people named Ryan Jones, see Ryan Jones (disambiguation).
Ryan Jones
Full name Ryan Paul Jones
Date of birth (1981-03-13) 13 March 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Newport, Wales, U.K.
Height 196 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 114 kg (17 st 13 lb)
School Bassaleg Comprehensive School, Newport
Neath College
University Cardiff Metropolitan University
Occupation(s) Rugby football player
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Number eight, blindside flanker, Second Row
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Celtic Warriors
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British and Irish Lions
correct as of 9 March 2013 (UTC).

Ryan Paul Jones (born 13 March 1981 in Newport) is a Wales international rugby union player who plays at number eight, blindside flanker or second row for the Ospreys. He has captained Wales on 32 occasions, overtaking the record of 28 held by Ieuan Evans on 16 November 2012 versus Samoa.[1] He has been involved in three Grand Slam wins, in 2005, as captain in 2008, and 2012. He is one of a small group of Welsh players to have won three Grand Slams including Gethin Jenkins, Adam Jones, Gareth Edwards, Gerald Davies and JPR Williams.[2]

Early life

Jones played junior football for Bristol City as a goalkeeper until the age of 14. He took up rugby union at age 17 to be with his friends at Risca RFC.[3] He also played a couple of rugby league matches for South London Storm in 2000.

Ryan Jones studied at UWIC, now Cardiff Metropolitan University gaining a BSc (Hons) from 1999 to 2002. He played over a 100 games for UWIC RFC and captained the 1st's in his last year. Ryan said of the University: "I was a student at Cardiff Met's Cyncoed Campus for three years. I was really inspired by the ethos of sporting excellence and University rugby was the springboard for my international career” Ryan met his wife Alisa Jones at Cardiff Metropolitan University and was made an Honorary Fellow of the University in 2008.

Club career

Jones started his club career with Newport RFC making just one appearance as a replacement for Alix Popham versus Bridgend in May 1999. After leaving Newport he made 12 appearances for Bridgend RFC, before moving on to the Celtic Warriors at the start of regional rugby in 2003. In 2004, when the Celtic Warriors were disbanded he was offered a contract with the Ospreys, who went on to win the Celtic League in 2004–05 and its replacement, the Magners League in 2006–07. Jones was appointed captain of the Ospreys at the start of the 2007–08 season and under his captaincy the team went on to win the Anglo-Welsh Cup in 2007–08, beating Leicester Tigers in the final at Twickenham and the Magners League for the third time in 2009–10, beating Leinster at the RDS Arena in Dublin in the play-off final. He was succeeded as captain by his Wales and British Lions colleague Alun-Wyn Jones at the start of the 2010–11 season.

International career

Jones made his international debut for Wales against South Africa in November 2004.[4] He featured in Wales' 2005 Grand Slam-winning side.

Many supporters were surprised when he was not initially selected for the 44-man squad for the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. He was later called up as a replacement for the injured Simon Taylor. After his performance in the 30–19 win over Otago he was selected for the squad for the first test. He came on as a replacement and went on to start in the final two tests.

In January 2008, Jones was appointed captain of Wales by new coach Warren Gatland.[5] In his first Six Nations tournament as captain, he led his team to a second Grand Slam in four years.[6]

In November 2008, Ryan Jones and Shane Williams became the first Welsh players to be nominated in a group of five players for the IRB International Player of the Year award, first awarded in 2001. Shane Williams was duly selected as the 2008 International Player of the Year.[7]

In April 2009, Jones was omitted from the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.[8] He was subsequently called up to join the squad on 9 June after Stephen Ferris pulled out with a knee injury,[9] however within days of arriving in South Africa he was declared unfit by the Lions medical team due to head injuries he had sustained in a previous Wales test match.[10]

Jones was named captain of the Welsh team for the Autumn internationals in 2009, when the side faced New Zealand, Samoa, Argentina and Australia.

Jones featured in all 5 of Wales' 2012 Six Nations matches, starting 2, as he and the team secured a third Grand Slam in seven years. He also featured heavily in the following years championship, captaining Wales in three of the five games, only missing the final 30-3 defeat of England through injury, as Wales defend their championship title.

Personal life

His father, Steven Jones, was a police officer in the Gwent Constabulary, based in Cwmbran.

On 11 July 2009, he married his longtime girlfriend Ailsa, a Sports Therapist at Swansea City.[11]


External links

  • Ospreys profile
  • Wales profile

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