Ken Jones, who won six Test covers for the British and Irish Lions across two Tours, has disappeared at 81 years old.
Focus Jones made his Wales debut in 1962 against England at Twickenham and only three worldwide games later were called up for the Lions Tour to South Africa in 1966 at 21 years old.
Lions And Wales Center Jones dies at 81 years old He got 14 covers for Wales, played in six Tests on two Lions visits, got a Blue in his one year at Oxford and scored an attempt in Cardiff’s success over the Wallabies in 1966. In the wake of stopping rugby matured 27, he worked for the Confederation of British Industry in Wales. He was essential for a group liable for enrolling inbound venture from Japanese enterprises and assisted with tricking Takiron, the plastics division of Itochu, one of Japan’s significant exchange organizations, to Wales.
At the point when the Takiron office appeared in Bedwas in 1972 it was significant information – the primary organization from Japan to come to Wales and simply the second to begin fabricating in Britain. Ken Jones turned into its overseeing chief and in the end administrator in the seventies and nineties.
He was likewise on the leading group of legislative leaders of Cardiff University and the University of Wales, as well as executive of legislative heads of the Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagan’s and a committee individual from the National Museum of Wales. Born in Carmarthen, he lived in Cross Hands and afterward went to Gwendraeth Grammar School.
He partook in a fruitful profession as a student, winning 11 covers at Under15 and U19 age levels and losing just a single time. He was in the Wales U15 group that beat the South of Scotland and England and afterward played three years in the senior school’s group, captaining the side in his last two seasons. Having dominated eight matches in succession against Yorkshire Schools, England and France, he lost his last game, 3-0, to the French in Cardiff.
Llanelli Debut Ken Jones made his Llanelli debut while still at school and was in the group that came out on top for the Snelling Sevens championship without precedent for April 1960, while still a youngster. He continued to Cardiff University sometime thereafter and joined Llanelli full-time toward the beginning of the 1960-61 season.
Ken Jones established a prompt connection and played at No 10 against the visiting Springboks couple with Onllwyn Brace at half-back. The South Africans, who remained unbeaten until their last experience against the Barbarians, won 21-0. Inside a couple of years, he was pursuing fight with the ‘Boks by and by as a feature of the 1962 British and Irish Lions bunch.
He acquired his most memorable Welsh preliminary in something like three months of entering senior rugby and made his Wales debut at focus against England at Twickenham on 20 January 1962 in a game that completed in a 0-0 tie. He saved his spot for the games against Scotland and France and afterward played in the hungover match against the Irish in Dublin that was delayed to the following season because of a smallpox flare-up. When the Irish game was played, Jones had visited with the Lions in South Africa, taking part in 13 games and scoring nine attempts in 13 appearances.
Unfamiliar Tour He partook in the initial three Tests and scored the attempt a short ways from time that assisted the Lions with attracting the debut worldwide Johannesburg,3-3. He jinked through the safeguard and afterward ran 60 meters to score. Ken was back in South Africa two years some other time when Wales embraced their most memorable unfamiliar visit, this time on the finish of a 24-3 loss in Durban. He additionally visited there with Cardiff in 1967.
Having shown up for Llanelli between 1960-65, including fashioning “a staggering midfield blend” with Gerald Davies in the 1964-65 season, he went east to Cardiff with previous classmate Rob Morgan, the Wales wing. Davies immediately followed and the two men were brought together at place for the 1966 success against the Wallabies. Jones got 10 of his 14 covers from Llanelli and four from Cardiff, where he showed up more than five seasons, including a game against the 1969 Springboks.
Former Wales and British and Irish Lions centre Ken Jones has died at the age of 81.
“As a Test Lion, who scored a first Test try on the 1962 tour of South Africa and with more than 100 appearances for Cardiff, he has to go down as one of our great players.”#BBCRugby
— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) August 25, 2022
Lions Tour He was again chosen briefly Lions visit in 1966 to Australia and New Zealand, one of 11 Welshmen. It was quite possibly of the longest Lion voyages through all time, the players leaving on 30 April and getting back on 19 September subsequent to playing 35 matches in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Having played in the two test triumph over the Wallabies, Jones highlighted in the main Test in New Zealand, however none of the other three.
His 16 matches helped his absolute for the Lions on two visits to 29. During the Australian piece of the visit, he was drawn closer by the St George rugby association group and welcome to switch codes. Leeds had previously attempted to burn through every last cent for him, paying what might have been a world record amount of £12,000 for his administrations.
As well as playing multiple times for the Barbarians, and investing energy at Old Deer Park playing for London Welsh, he played for Oxford University in the 1963 Varsity Match rout to Cambridge at Twickenham. He likewise played for the Dark Blues against 1963 visiting All Blacks while reading up for a graduate degree at Merton College. The WRU sends significant sympathies to the loved ones of ‘DK’.