Joseph Jones (rugby)

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Joseph Jones
Personal information
Full name Joseph Jones
Nickname Joe
Born (1899-03-15)15 March 1899
Pontardawe, Wales
Died 27 January 1960(1960-01-27) (aged 60)
Liverpool, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1923–23 Ystradgynlais RFC
1923–24 Swansea RFC
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1924 Wales 1 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1924–29 Leeds
Jan 1929–≥29 Wakefield Trinity 124 19 0 0 57
Total 124 19 0 0 57
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1926 Wales 1 0 0 0 0

Joseph "Joe" Jones (15 March 1899[1] — 27 January 1960 (aged 60)[2]) born in Pontardawe, was a Welsh dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1920s, and 1930s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales, and at club level for Ystradgynlais RFC, and Swansea RFC, as a Centre, i.e. number 12 or 13, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Wales, and at club level for Leeds, and Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 329), as a centre, i.e. number 3 or 4,[3] he died in Liverpool.

Playing career[edit]

Rugby union career[edit]

Jones initially played rugby union for Ystradgynlais RFC[4] before switching in 1923 to first class Welsh team Swansea.[5] While with Swansea, Jones was selected for his one and only international game, as a centre in Wales' 10-6 victory over France in the 1924 Five Nations Championship match at Stade Colombes on 27 March 1924. That same year Jones left union, and any future international caps for the Wales union team, behind him when he 'Went North' switching to the professional league code.

International honours[edit]

Joe Jones won a cap for Wales (RU) while at Swansea RFC in 1924, and won a cap for Wales (RL) while at Leeds in 1926.[3]

Notable Tour Match Appearances[edit]

Joe Jones played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in Wakefield Trinity's 14-3 victory over Australia in the tour match at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 28 September 1929.[6]

"The Colonials had a strong side, but were well and truly beaten in a game in which Trinity surprised friend and foe alike by a great display. They were the first team to beat the Australians on that tour."[7]

Contemporaneous Article Extract[edit]

"Joseph Jones. The death of Mr. Joe Jones three weeks ago came upon us suddenly, although it had been apparent to those in closest touch with him that his health was failing. We had hoped that he might make a complete recovery and be able to resume his place in the club's councils which he so much valued. His earliest football in his native Wales had brought him international honours when he decided to change his code and join Leeds R.L.F.C. Soon he was at Belle Vue where, for over thirty years he has rendered most useful and untiring service as a player, then on the Staff, and for the last 13½ years on the committee. He has also been Vice-Chairman of the Club and a member of the Rugby League Council. Thus, to our great regret, another good club man has been removed from our midst. Our sympathy goes to his family in their bereavement, the more so since Mrs. Jones has been for some time suffering from serious illness, a combination of extremely sad circumstances."[8]


  1. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Joe Jones rugby union profile
  3. ^ a b Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  4. ^ Joe Joseph Rugby union profile[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Profile and photo of Jones[permanent dead link] Swansea RFC site
  6. ^ Hoole, Les (2004). Wakefield Trinity RLFC - FIFTY GREAT GAMES. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-429-9
  7. ^ Lindley, John (1960). Dreadnoughts - A HISTORY OF Wakefield Trinity F. C. 1873–1960. John Lindley Son & Co Ltd. ISBN n/a
  8. ^ Lindley, John (20/02/1960). Wakefield Trinity RLFC Official Programme: Oldham. John Lindley Son & Co Ltd. ISBN n/a

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