Felix Jones (rugby union)

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Felix Jones
Full name Felix Jones
Date of birth (1987-08-05) 5 August 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 90 kg (14 st; 200 lb)
School St. Andrew's College, Dublin
University University College Dublin
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback, Wing
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008
2009–15
Leinster
Munster
1
90
(0)
(50)
Correct as of 3 October 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007
2009–15
2011–15
Ireland U20
Ireland Wolfhounds
Ireland
5
5
15
(15)
(10)
(15)
Correct as of 30 August 2015

Felix Jones (born 5 August 1987 in Dublin, Ireland) is a former Irish rugby union player. He played primarily as a Fullback, but could also play on the Wing. In October 2015, Jones was forced to retire from all rugby due to a neck injury.[1] He now works as Munster's Backs & Attack Coach, having joined the provinces' coaching team as a Technical Coach in July 2016.

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.[2]

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[3] 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 until March 2011. He made his European debut for Munster against Brive in April 2011.[4] Jones was part of the Munster team that won the 2010–11 Magners League.[5]

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.[6] He made his comeback for Munster in a RaboDirect Pro12 fixture against Treviso on 18 February 2012.[7] 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.[8] The shoulder injury ruled him out for at least 4 months, as it required surgery.[9]

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.[10] He signed a two-year contract extension with Munster in February 2013.[11]

Jones captained Munster in their 10–21 win against Treviso on 12 September 2014.[12][13]

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.[14] 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.[15]

Jones was selected in Ireland's squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup warm-ups in August.[16] He earned his first cap as a substitute in the game against Scotland on 6 August 2011.[17] His second cap came against France on 13 August 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.[18]

Jones was named in the Ireland squad for the 2013 Ireland tour to North America on 19 May 2013.[19] He came off the bench against the USA on 8 June 2013.[20] Jones started in Ireland's 14–40 victory against Canada on 15 June 2013.[21]

He was called up as injury-cover to Ireland's squad for the 2013 Guinness Series on 19 November 2013.[22]

Jones started for Ireland Wolfhounds in their friendly against England Saxons on 25 January 2014.[23] On 27 January 2014, Jones was named in Ireland's 34-man squad for the opening two fixtures of the 2014 Six Nations Championship.[24]

Jones was named in the Ireland squad for their 2014 Tour to Argentina on 19 May 2014.[25] He started the first test against Argentina on 7 June 2014.

He was named in the Ireland squad for the 2014 Guinness Series on 21 October 2014.[26] Jones came off the bench during the 29–15 win against South Africa on 8 November 2014.[27] He started against Georgia on 16 November 2014, scoring two tries in the 49–7 win.[28] Jones came on in the 26–23 win against Australia on 22 November 2014.[29]

Jones captained Ireland Wolfhounds in their game against England Saxons on 30 January 2015.[30] He was named in the Ireland squad for the opening rounds of the 2015 Six Nations Championship on 1 February 2015.[31] He came off the bench against Italy on 7 February 2015.[32] Jones came off the bench in the 19–9 win against England on 1 March 2015.[33] England's failure to score enough points against France meant Ireland won the 2015 Six Nations Championship, the first time Ireland have won back-to-back championships since 1948–49.[34] Jones was nominated for the IRUPA Medal For Excellence 2015 in April 2015.[35]

Jones was named in the 45-man training squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup on 24 June 2015.[36] He started in the first World Cup warm-up against Wales on 8 August 2015, scoring a try in the 21-35 win for Ireland.[37] Jones came off the bench in the warm-up game against Wales on 29 August 2015.[38]

Coaching[edit]

Jones joined the Munster coaching team ahead of the 2016–17 season as a Technical Coach. After helping Munster reach the semi finals of the 2016–17 European Rugby Champions Cup and the 2017 Pro12 Grand Final, he signed a two-year contract extension with the province which saw his role expand to Backs and Attack Coach. As well as coaching with Munster, Jones also assisted Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt with the national teams tour of Japan in June 2017.[39]

Honours[edit]

Munster[edit]

Ireland[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jones Forced To Retire". munsterrugby.ie. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Seapoint lift AIB Junior Cup leinsterrugby.ie
  3. ^ "Munster Falter In Firhill". munsterrugby.ie. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Munster Show More Than A Little Courage". munsterrugby.ie. 10 April 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Munster Crowned Magners League Champions". munsterrugby.ie. 28 May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Jones Comes Through First Game Back". munsterrugby.ie. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bonus Point Win For Munster in Treviso". munsterrugby.ie. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Munster Forced To Reshuffle". munsterrugby.ie. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jones Injury Woe Continues". munsterrugby.ie. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Players On The Mend". munsterrugby.ie. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jones And Varley Extend Contracts". munsterrugby.ie. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Jones To Captain Munster". munsterrugby.ie. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Munster Pass Treviso Test". munsterrugby.ie. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Wales U20 15–17 Ireland U20". BBC Sport. 2 February 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Ireland 'A' Win Churchill Cup". leinsterrugby.ie. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Horgan suffers Rugby World Cup blow". ESPNscrum. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "Scotland 10–6 Ireland". espnscrum.com. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  18. ^ "Jones World Cup Hopes Shattered". munsterrugby.ie. 21 August 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Ireland Squads Announced For Summer Tours". irishrugby.ie. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "O'Mahony Leads Young Guns To Victory in Tour Opener". irishrugby.ie. 9 June 2013. Archived from the original on 18 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "McFadden Hat-Trick Helps Ireland Surge Clear of Canada". irishrugby.ie. 16 June 2013. Archived from the original on 21 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "McFadden out of All Blacks contest as BOD declares: "No one gives us a chance"". independent.ie. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  23. ^ "Wolfhounds Hold On For Hard-Fought Victory". irishrugby.ie. 25 January 2014. Archived from the original on 28 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "34-Man Ireland Squad Named". irishrugby.ie. 27 January 2014. Archived from the original on 30 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Ireland Squad Named For Argentina". munsterrugby.ie. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  26. ^ "Ireland Name 37 Man Squad For Guinness Series". irishrugby.ie. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  27. ^ "Clinical Ireland Claim Springbok Scalp". irishrugby.ie. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  28. ^ "Ireland Outgun Georgia With Six-Try Second Half Salvo". irishrugby.ie. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  29. ^ "Thrilling Win Seals Series Clean Sweep For Ireland". irishrugby.ie. 22 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  30. ^ "Wolfhounds Defeat As Irish Independent Park Opens". munsterrugby.ie. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  31. ^ "Ireland Name 38-Man Squad For Six Nations Opening Rounds". irishrugby.ie. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  32. ^ "Murray And O'Donnell Tries Steer Ireland To Rome Win". irishrugby.ie. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  33. ^ "Henshaw's First Try Sees Ireland Overcome England". irishrugby.ie. 1 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  34. ^ "Thrilling Title Finish Sees Ireland Crowned Champions Again". irishrugby.ie. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  35. ^ "IRUPA Nominations For O'Connell, Murray, Hurley & Jones". munsterrugby.ie. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  36. ^ "9 Munster Players Ireland Training Squad". munsterrugby.ie. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  37. ^ "Ireland Win Opening Warm-Up Clash In Cardiff". irishrugby.ie. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  38. ^ "Tipuric And Halfpenny Guide Wales To Dublin Victory". irishrugby.ie. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  39. ^ "Contract Extensions for Backroom Team". munsterrugby.ie. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 

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