Chris Jones (rugby union)

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Chris Jones
Birth name Christopher Michael Jones
Date of birth (1980-06-24) 24 June 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 111 kg (17 st 7 lb)[1]
School Stockport Grammar School
University Sheffield Hallam University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock / Flanker
Current team Yorkshire Carnegie
Youth Career
  Altrincham Kersal
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Sale Sharks
Worcester Warriors
Yorkshire Carnegie
138 (90)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
England Saxons



Christopher Michael Jones (born 24 June 1980 in Manchester) is an English rugby union rugby player. He plays as a lock or flanker for Yorkshire Carnegie in the RFU Championship.

His rugby union career blossomed at Stockport Grammar School. He went on to take a Business Studies course at Sheffield Hallam University and was two years into it when the Sale Sharks invited him to join them. He played for Cheshire at U18 and U20 level, then briefly with Fylde before joining Sale Sharks.

He made a startling rise to the England Sevens squad, and was nominated for the 2003 PRA Young Player of the Year Award.[2] He was part of the England A team that beat France A, Scotland A and Italy A in their 2003 Six Nations and also went on the unbeaten England tour to North America and Japan that year.

He played for England in the uncapped match against the Barbarians at Twickenham in May 2003.[3] His outstanding Line-out jumping has made him a constant threat to other Premiership teams, while a series of long range tries for Sale Sharks has underlined his athletic capabilities.

The year 2004 marked another leap forward. He was called up to the senior team by then head coach Clive Woodward from the start of the Six Nations. He came off the bench against Italy for his debut cap and promptly scored a try.[4] This earned him a starting position against Scotland as a flanker and again against Wales from where he continued to impress. He was selected for the 2004 Summer tour, starting against the All Blacks in Dunedin in the first Test.[5]

Sale Sharks director of rugby Kingsley Jones referred to him as 'the most hard done-by player in England' after he was hardly used during the 2005 Autumn test series.[6]

Jones went on to collect more caps on the 2006 Summer tour of Australia[7] and 2007 Summer tour of South Africa.[8]

In the 2005–2006 season, Jones started the final as Sale Sharks won their first ever Premiership title.[9] He was also voted Sale's player of the year in 2006 and again in 2008.

On 22 May 2014, Jones officially joined Yorkshire Carnegie in the RFU Championship on a two-year contract from the 2014-15 season.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Jones married Donna on 28 June 2008 at Dromoland Castle, County Clare, Ireland. They live together in Mere, Cheshire. Donna gave birth to their first child on 10 April 2009, a boy, Daniel William Jones.


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby – Worcester Warriors". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Zurich Awards Nominations". Scrum. 15 September 2003. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Barbarians ruin England's day". BBC. 25 May 2003. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Italy 9–50 England". BBC. 15 February 2004. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "New Zealand 36–3 England". BBC. 12 June 2004. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Scarlets 24–23 Sale". BBC. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Australia 43–18 England". BBC. 17 June 2006. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "South Africa 55–22 England". BBC. 2 June 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "Sale 45-20 Leicester". BBC. 27 May 2006. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Yorkshire Carnegie add ex-England international Chris Jones to squad". Sky Sports. 22 May 2014. 

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