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Jack Jones (rugby player)

Jack Jones
Jack Jones with the British Isles team in 1910
Birth nameJohn Phillips Jones
Date of birth(1886-03-02)2 March 1886
Place of birthPontymoile, Wales
Date of death19 March 1951(1951-03-19) (aged 65)
Place of deathLlantarnam, Wales
SchoolChrist College, Brecon
Notable relative(s)Tuan Jones, brother
Ponty Jones, brother
SpouseEthel Gwendoline Williams
ChildrenMargaret Jones
Stanley Jones
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Pontypool RFC
Christ College, Brecon
Newport RFC
London Welsh
Pontypool RFC
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
British Isles

John "Jack" Phillips Jones (3 March 1886 – 19 March 1951) was a Welsh international centre who played club rugby for Pontypool Rugby Club and Newport Rugby Football Club. He won 14 caps for Wales and was known as The Prince of Centres.

Rugby career

John 'Jack' Phillip Jones was born in Pontymoile, Pontypool in 1886, to David Jones and his wife Margaret (née Phillips). Jones was one of four brothers, who would all eventually play for Pontypool Rugby Club. Two of his brother, David and James, would, like Jack, eventually play international rugby for Wales. The Joneses along with the Goulds are the only family to provide three brothers to the Welsh international rugby union team.[2]

Jones was first capped, at centre, making his debut against Australia in December, 1908. He would play for Wales a further 13 times and would probably have been capped far more times but for the cessation of international rugby during the years of the First World War.

Jones would play in two British Isles tours. The first was part of Arthur Harding's 1908 tour of Australasia, the second was to South Africa in 1910.

International matches played for Wales


British Isles


  • Smith, David; Williams, Gareth (1980). Fields of Praise: The Official History of The Welsh Rugby Union. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 0-7083-0766-3.
  • Thomas, Wayne (1979). A Century of Welsh Rugby Players. Ansells Ltd.


  1. ^ Welsh Rugby Union player profiles
  2. ^ Thomas (1979), pg 50.
  3. ^ Smith (1980), pg 468.
  4. ^ Rugby Relics player profile