Felix Jones (rugby union)

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Felix Jones
Full name Felix Jones
Date of birth (1987-08-05) 5 August 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 90 kg (14 st 2 lb, 198 lb)
School St Andrews College
University University College Dublin
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fullback, Wing
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Seapoint RFC
Shannon
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008
2009–present
Leinster
Munster
1
66
(0)
(40)
correct as of 17 May 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2011–present
2009–present
2007
Ireland
Ireland A
Ireland U20
6
4
5
(0)
(10)
(15)
correct as of 8 Jun 2014.

Felix Jones (born 5 August 1987 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish rugby union player, currently contracted to Munster in the Pro 12 and European Rugby Champions Cup. He plays primarily as a Fullback, but can also play on the Wing.

Education and early career[edit]

Jones played mini-rugby for Seapoint RFC and continued to play for the club right up to the take-off of his professional career. He was a member of Seapoint's All Ireland Junior Cup win in 2007.[1]

He attended St. Andrew's College in Booterstown, Dublin, where he played for the schools Junior and Senior Cup teams.

Leinster[edit]

Jones played for Leinster in the Under-19 team (2 caps), the Under-20 team (4 caps) and the Leinster A team (13 caps) before making his Leinster first XV debut against Connacht in February 2008.

Munster[edit]

He made his Munster debut against Glasgow Warriors in September 2009[2] and played 6 games before injuring his neck against Connacht in December 2009. Jones made his comeback against Aironi in September 2010, and played 3 games before injuring his knee against Ospreys in the same month. He was out of action until March 2011, when he returned against Cardiff Blues. Jones has made the Fullback jersey his own at Munster, ousting Paul Warwick. He made his European debut for Munster against Brive in April 2011.[3] Jones was part of the Munster team that won the 2010–11 Magners League.[4]

Jones made his comeback from the injury that ruled him out of the 2011 Rugby World Cup on 10 February 2012, playing 80 minutes for Shannon in their AIL game against Young Munster.[5] He made his comeback for Munster in a RaboDirect Pro12 fixture against Treviso on 18 February 2012.[6] Jones made his Heineken Cup debut in the quarter-final against Ulster on 8 April 2012. He missed Munster's league play-off semi-final against Ospreys on 11 May 2012 when he picked up a shoulder injury in training.[7] The shoulder injury ruled him out for at least 4 months, as it required surgery.[8]

Jones returned from the injury on 13 October 2012, playing a full 80 minutes for Munster A. He then came off the bench in Munster's second round Heineken Cup tie against Edinburgh on 21 October 2012. Jones underwent successful knee surgery in late January 2013, and is expected to be back in action for Munster by March 2013.[9] He signed a two-year contract extension with Munster in February 2013.[10]

Ireland[edit]

An injury to Luke Fitzgerald gave Jones a call-up to the Ireland Under-20 team which went on to achieve a Grand Slam in the 2007 Under-20's Six Nations Championship, with Jones scoring two tries in the opening fixture against Wales.[11] In total, Jones earnt 5 caps for the Ireland Under-20 team.

He has represented Ireland A three times, and was a member of the squad which won the Churchill Cup in 2009.[12]

Jones was selected in Ireland's squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup warm-ups in August.[13] He earned his first cap as a substitute in the game against Scotland on August 6, 2011.[14] His second cap came against France on August 13, 2011, again as a substitute. His first start for Ireland came against France on 20 August. However, an ankle ligament injury sustained in an awkward fall against France dashed Jones's hopes of playing at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, as the injury ruled him out for the duration of the tournament.[15]

Jones was named in the Ireland squad for the 2013 Ireland tour to North America on 19 May 2013.[16] He came off the bench against the USA on 8 June 2013.[17] Jones started in Ireland's 14-40 victory against Canada on 15 June 2013.[18]

He was called up as injury-cover to Ireland's squad for the 2013 GUINNESS Series on 19 November 2013.[19]

Jones started for Ireland Wolfhounds in their friendly against England Saxons on 25 January 2014.[20] On 27 January 2014, Jones was named in Ireland's 34-man squad for the opening two fixtures of the 2014 Six Nations Championship.[21]

Jones was named in the Ireland squad for their 2014 Tour to Argentina on 19 May 2014.[22] He started the first test against Argentina on 7 June 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seapoint lift AIB Junior Cup leinsterrugby.ie
  2. ^ "Munster Falter in Firhill". munsterrugby.ie. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Munster Show More Than A Little Courage". munsterrugby.ie. 10 April 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Munster Crowned Magners League Champions". munsterrugby.ie. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jones Comes Through First Game Back". munsterrugby.ie. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bonus Point Win For Munster in Treviso". munsterrugby.ie. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Munster Forced To Reshuffle". munsterrugby.ie. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Jones Injury Woe Continues". munsterrugby.ie. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Players On The Mend". munsterrugby.ie. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Jones and Varley Extend Contracts". munsterrugby.ie. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Wales U20 15–17 Ireland U20". BBC Sport. 2 February 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Ireland 'A' win Churchill Cup". leinsterrugby.ie. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Horgan suffers Rugby World Cup blow". ESPNscrum. 17 Jun 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "Scotland 10-6 Ireland". espnscrum.com. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "Jones World Cup Hopes Shattered". munsterrugby.ie. 21 August 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Ireland Squads Announced For Summer Tours". irishrugby.ie. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "O'Mahony Leads Young Guns To Victory In Tour Opener". irishrugby.ie. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "McFadden Hat-Trick Helps Ireland Surge Clear Of Canada". irishrugby.ie. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "McFadden out of All Blacks contest as BOD declares: "No one gives us a chance"". independent.ie. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "Wolfhounds Hold On For Hard-Fought Victory". irishrugby.ie. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "34-Man Ireland Squad Named". irishrugby.ie. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Ireland Squad Named For Argentina". munsterrugby.ie. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 

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