Jono Ross

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Jono Ross
Full name Jonathan Montague Ross
Date of birth (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Sandton, South Africa
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 110 kg (17 st 5 lb; 243 lb)
School St Stithians College
University University of South Africa
University of Pretoria
Rugby union career
Position(s) No 8 / Flanker
Current team Sale Sharks
Youth Career
2007–2008 Golden Lions
2010–2012 Blue Bulls
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2013 UP Tuks 19 (35)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2012 Blue Bulls 12 (5)
2012–2013 Saracens 2 (0)
2013–2014 Bulls 19 (20)
2013–2014 Blue Bulls 21 (5)
2014–2017 Stade Français 35 (25)
2017– Sale Sharks 6 (5)
Correct as of 11 November 2014

Jonathan "Jono" Ross (born 27 October 1990 in Sandton, Johannesburg) is a South African rugby union player currently playing for Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks[1]. His regular position is number 8 or flanker.

Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

He started off playing for the Golden Lions and represented them at the 2007 and 2008 Under–18 Academy Week tournaments. He also represented them in the 2008 Under-19 Provincial Championship competition.

He then joined the Blue Bulls and played for their Under–21 team in 2010 and 2011.

Varsity Cup[edit]

In addition to playing for the Blue Bulls, he also represented UP Tuks in the annual Varsity Cup competition in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Blue Bulls[edit]

He made his senior debut in 2011, coming on as a substitute in the 2011 Vodacom Cup match against SWD Eagles,[2] as well as in the quarter-final match against former team the Golden Lions.[3]

He made his debut in the Currie Cup competition a few months later in 2011 against Griquas[4] and made one further appearance that season. He established himself as a regular in the team for the 2012 Vodacom Cup, making eight starts and scoring a try.

Saracens[edit]

At the conclusion of the 2012 Vodacom Cup, he joined English side Saracens for one season, making two appearances in the 2012–13 LV Cup.[5]

Back to the Bulls[edit]

In 2013, he returned to the Blue Bulls and was called into the Bulls Super Rugby side for their match against the Kings,[6] making four appearances in total during the 2013 Super Rugby season.

In only his third ever Currie Cup match – in the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division season against Western Province – he was named captain of the Blue Bulls,[7] becoming the first-ever English-speaking captain of the team. At the end of 2013, he signed a contract extension to tie him to the Blue Bulls until October 2016.[8]

He was included in the Bulls squad for the 2014 Super Rugby season[9] and, after four substitute appearances in 2013, made his first Super Rugby start in a 31–16 defeat to the Sharks in Durban.[10][11]

Stade Français[edit]

In November 2014, the Bulls announced that they granted Ross an early release from his contract to join French Top 14 side Stade Français.[12]

Sale Sharks[edit]

On 11 April 2017, it was announced that Ross would return to England to join Aviva Premiership club Sale Sharks on a three-year contract starting in the 2017-18 season.[13]. Ross's move to England makes him available for the England national side due to his grandmother's heritage [14].

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/39564800
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls 23-25 SWD Eagles". South African Rugby Union. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – MTN Golden Lions 26-28 Vodacom Blue Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls 44-20 GWK Griquas". South African Rugby Union. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "It's Rugby Profile: Jono Ross". It's Rugby. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Potgieter takes over Bulls captaincy". Supersport. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bulls send rookies to Newlands". Media24. Sport24. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Vodacom Bulls name group for Sun City training camp" (Press release). Blue Bulls. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Vodacom Bulls team". Bulls. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Match Centre: Sharks v Bulls". SANZAR. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Cell C Sharks 31-16 Vodacom Bulls". South African Rugby Union. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Ross released to join French club" (Press release). Bulls. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sale Sharks sign South African back-row forward Jono Ross from Stade Francais". BBC Sport. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  14. ^ http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/39564800