Jonathan Thomas

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Jonathan Thomas
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Full name Jonathan James Thomas
Date of birth (1982-12-27) 27 December 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Pembroke, Wales
Height 196 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb; 247 lb)
School Pembroke Comprehensive School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker, Number 8, Lock
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–2003
2003–2013
2013–
Swansea
Ospreys
Worcester Warriors
25
188
25
(0)
(70)
(0)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003–2011 Wales 67 (35)

Jonathan Thomas (born 27 December 1982 in Pembroke) is a Welsh international rugby union player who plays at flanker. He has also played at number eight and lock. He currently plays for the Worcester Warriors.

He started out playing for Pembroke RFC juniors before playing for Swansea RFC and played for Wales at Under 16, Under 19 and Under 21 level. He made his international debut against Australia in 2003. He became noticed by many during the 2003 Rugby World Cup in the match against New Zealand.

Thomas has been part of two Six Nations Grand Slams in 2005 where he only started one of the matches and more recently in 2008 where he started every game.

On 18 January 2010 he was named in the 35 man Wales national Squad for the 2010 Six Nations tournament.[1]

In his appearances for Wales he has scored 7 tries.

During an Twitter exchange with fellow Welsh & Ospreys team mate, Ian Evans, Thomas found himself in some hot water. He posted a tweet which was deemed as Homophobic against openly gay Welsh referee Nigel Owens. Although Owen's claimed the incident as simple "banter" Stonewall had a different view point. They believed that it was deeply irresponsible, totally unprofessional and that Thomas should be relieved of his Welsh Duties. This was ignore & Thomas started the following weekend against Scotland.

The Exchange that caused the offence is as follows; Ian Evans wrote: "Legs and ass are in bits, can't move." Thomas posted in reply: "U gotta stop hanging round with Nigel Owens!"

As of the 2013-2014 season, he plays for Worcester Warriors.[2] After joining Worcester, he became their new club captain for the season, however was struck with a calf injury at the beginning of the 2014 season, therefore Gerrit-Jan van Velze became captain of the Warriors.

References[edit]

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/news-comment/rugby-star-says-sorry-after-homophobic-outburst-on-twitter-1895818.html

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