Steve Jones (rugby player born 1951)

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Stephen Jones
Full name Stephen Paul Jones
Date of birth (1951-10-19)19 October 1951
Date of death 9 September 2007(2007-09-09) (aged 55)
Place of death Pontypool
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 88 kg (13 st 12 lb)
Children Leighton and Molly
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
?
1976–1978
1978–?
Pontypool RFC
Newport RFC
Pontypool RFC
400
55
()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1980 Wales Wales XV 1 ()
Teams coached
Years Team
1996–1998
1999–2005
?
2005
Newport RFC
Pontypool RFC
Cwmbran RFC
Newbridge RFC

Steve "Junna" Jones (19 October 1951 – 9 September 2007) was a Welsh rugby union hooker, who played club rugby for Pontypool RFC and Newport RFC in the 1970s and 80s. He often played in a front row partnership with Staff Jones and Graham Price at Pontypool RFC and was part of the 1983 Pontypool side to win the Schweppes Cup. Although he toured with a Welsh XV to Canada in 1980, the game did not grant the Welsh players any caps.

Jones learnt his rugby under the tutelage of Laurie Daniel who was a former Welsh international who played for Pontypool and Newport. He later turned to coaching and in the 1996/97 season became the first full-time coach of Newport.

In 1999, Jones became head coach at Pontypool and revitalised the Gwent club, signing experienced players such as Byron Hayward, Mark Jones and Kuli Faletau. Steve coached Pontypool to second place in the Welsh Division 1 in season 2001/2. In 2002/3 he coached Pontypool to the league championship, losing only 4 games in the process.

In September 2005, he left Pontypool RFC to take up the coaching role at Newbridge.

Jones died suddenly on 9 September 2007 aged 55.

A memorial match between Newbridge legends and Pontypool legends was played on Thursday 27 December 2007. The game attracted a crowd of around 3,000 with famous former players such as Eddie Butler, David Bishop and Byron Hayward all taking part. Newbridge won the match 26-17. [1]

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