Age & Representative Honours-Ian Jones











Summary of my Rugby / sporting background

  • Played a lot of football in my junior years with Carmarthen Town Juniors
  • Also represented Norwich City Football Club from the age of 11-14
  • 1989/90: Played football (centre back) for Wales u18 School boys a year young away to Switzerland 26 May -1stJune 1990
  • 1990/91: Played for football for Llanelli Town AFC (The Reds) in Welsh League; also had 3 further u18 schoolboy football caps against Switzerland (Home at Caernarfon AFC 26/3/91); England (Away at Gloucester AFC 16/3/91); and Northern Ireland (Away at Ballyboffey AFC) playing in same team as Robbie Savage, and Andy Moore (goalie – who went on to play second row for Swansea and Wales in Rugby Union)
  • 1990/91: Was also playing for Rugby for Ysgol Gyfun Bro Myrddin
  • 1991/92: Studying at Cardiff Met (Cyncoed) whilst travelling back weekly (with Mefin Davies, Hooker) to play at full-back for Quins 1stXV in last year of West Wales championship, becoming champions. Played and won Presidents Cup Final v Pontyberem 24/4/92. Also played for Carmarthen Quins Youth during this season and played in park against Carmarthen Athletic Jan’92
  • 1991/92: Selected at full-back for Wales Youth at Rugby playing against: Italy (home at Glamorgan Wnds RFC 29/2/92 – sub); France (away in Dax RFC 14/3/92); and England (home at Brecon RFC on 4/4/92)
  • 1992/93: Played for Carmarthen Quins 1stXV, captaining the team aged 18 for first 6 games of season whilst Phil Beynon (club captain) was serving a 6 game ban carried over from previous season)
  • 1992/93 Also representing Llanelli U21’s rugby side during this season.
  • 1993/94: Played for Llanelli RFC: league debut v Cardiff (Away 2/10/93); Newbridge (Home 23/10/93); Cross Keys (Home 6/11/23); Neath (Away 20/11/93) Newbridge (Home 4/12/93). Became one of only a few players to represent both Llanelli AFC and Llanelli RFC first teams in full league fixtures. Sustained a career ending pelvic / groin injury during the second half of this season and didn’t play again for many years despite numerous steroid injections, minor, and one major operation.
  • 1994/95 & 195/96: Didn’t play as I tried to come back from injury.
  • 1996/97: Started coaching Carmarthen Quins 2ndXV; helped set up Junior section in Quins, coaching u8’s in their first season in 96/97 (coaching a young Ed Siggery)
  • 1997/98: Became Carmarthen Quins 1stXV coach with Peter Elsom; Also coaching District G u20’s 97/98 and progressing through my coaching badges with WRU
  • Continued coaching Quins 1stXV winning promotions up to Welsh Premier Division. Made a comeback (with plenty of anti-inflammatory and pain killers!) to play in season 2002/03, playing centre in final game v Glamorgan Wanderers away to secure promotion to Premier division. Continued to coach 1st XV through to season 2006/07; Progressed with WRU coaching badges to become youngest Level 5 coach in Wales aged 28
  • 2002/03: Became assistant coach of Wales u19 (U19 Rugby World Cup in Paris);
  • 2003/04: Wales u19 assistant coach (U19 RWC in Durban, South Africa – with Alun Wyn Jones amongst others in squad)
  • 2004/05 Wales u19 Head Coach (U19 RWC again in Durban, SA – with Jamie Roberts / Ken Owens in squad), thus being ‘capped’ by Wales for 3rdtime (playing junior Soccer and Rugby; and coaching as age grade head coach)
  • 2005/06 Wales u19 Assist coach (Grand slam winners and u19 RWC in Dubai – Jonathan Davies and Rhys Priestland in this squad)
  • 2006/07 Final season with Carmarthen Quins RFC as head coach
  • 2007/08 Returned to coaching as forwards coach at Pontyberem RFC (my local club) for one season)
  • 2008/09 First team backs coach at Swansea RFC for 4 years, working alongside Richard Webster.
  • 2011/12 Scarlets U18 Head coach
  • 2012/13 Scarlets U18 Head coach – WRU u18’s champions, with a number of players who went on to represent Carm Quins: Javan Sebastian; Ryan Elias; Steff Phillips; Josh Helps; Dan Jones; Dylan Morgan; plus Josh Adams who’d go on to represent Wales
  • 2013/14 Returned to Carmarthen Quins RFC as Director of Rugby, up until end of 2018/19. Estimate that I’ve represented Carmarthen Quins as a player, coach, or Director of Rugby in over 500 games, covering almost 20 different seasons
  • 2020 gained a first class masters degree in Sports Directorship from Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2023/24 Helped Carmarthen RFC gain EDC status by inputting into Rugby Management plan for bid to WRU