Popular Welsh rugby player Paul Jones dies suddenly at 49

Tributes have been paid to former Wales B worldwide Paul Jones who has handed away on the age of 49.

Jones, who hailed from the Bridgend space, performed within the second row for Llanelli, Newport, Caerphilly and Leeds.

Nicknamed “Stretch”, the previous Brynteg pupil made 74 appearances for the Scarlets between 1992 and 1996, scoring 15 tries.

He additionally performed for Caerphilly within the closing of the 2003 European Protect in opposition to Castres at Studying’s Madejski Stadium.

A lot of golf equipment and former team-mates have posted messages of condolence following his dying.

Caerphilly RFC tweeted: “Devastated to listen to concerning the passing of our former participant Paul “Stretch” Jones. Our ideas and love are together with his household and buddies at this unhappy time. Paul was a properly preferred, gifted and influential participant at Caerphilly for numerous years.”

The Scarlets posted: “We’re saddened to be taught that our former participant Paul Jones has handed away.

“Paul performed 74 matches between 1992 and 1996 and began in opposition to the 1994 Springboks at Stradey Park.

“Our ideas are with household and buddies at the moment.”

Llanelli RFC stated: “Relaxation in peace Paul, our ideas are together with his household at this unhappy time.”

Newport RFC tweeted: “Some very unhappy information coming to us this morning of the passing of former Black and Amber Paul Jones.

“‘Stretch’ performed 14 occasions between 1999 and 2001 throughout the well-known Tony Brown period and in addition had one cap for Wales B.

“Our heartfelt condolences to his household and buddies.”

Former Wales centre Mark Ring, who coached Jones at Caerphilly, stated: “Stretch was an enormous highly effective second row who was a very good professional in that he at all times wished to win badly and demanded one of the best from his team-mates.

“He may have a proper previous moan on events and doubtless lived as much as the boys’ taunts as they likened him to Victor Meldrew!

“However that was the humorous facet of a few of the banter at Caerphilly. He was an enormous participant for us on the time and an amazing man to have across the dressing room.”

Twin code nice Jonathan Davies commented: “RIP Paul. Horrible information.”

Jones’ former Llanelli team-mate Emyr Lewis stated: “That’s such unhappy information. Paul was an amazing line out ahead – tall and athletic – and a very good staff participant. He was additionally a beautiful man.

“He’s one other participant taken means too quickly.”

Former Scarlets and Wales scrum-half Rupert Moon stated: “Actually unhappy to listen to”, whereas broadcaster Phil Steele commented: “That could be very unhappy information. Ideas together with his family members. RIP.”

Ex-international referee James Jones stated: “Simply listening to of the unhappy information – Stretch Paul Jones – you had been an amazing man taken too quickly. Relaxation simple large man. Life is means too quick. Ideas and prayers with all of the household and shut buddies. God Bless.”

Second row Paul Jones, centre, enjoying for Llanelli in opposition to Cardiff within the mid Nineteen Nineties

Steven Bletsoe, the mayor of Bridgend, went to highschool with Jones at Brynteg Complete and was additionally his neighbour in Brackla in recent times.

“The factor I can at all times keep in mind about Paul from faculty was he acquired on on the similar bus cease as me and he needed to duck to get on as a result of he was so tall,” he stated.

“The entire bus used to cheer when he managed to get on.

“He was a few years older than me.

“After they would have staff photos in class, he can be within the center row and he’d be as tall as the blokes behind him stood on the benches.

“I adopted his enjoying profession because the years went on. He was a Derwyn Jones type of participant. He was on the pitch to do a job, which was to safe you lineout ball, and he did it rather well.

“He moved into the world in Brackla two years in the past and lived two doorways up from me.

“He was a prime bloke. We used to speak about previous rugby lecturers and good recollections from enjoying in class.

“I spoke to him about when he went up and performed for Leeds as a result of I lived in Wakefield for ten years.

“He was only a actually, very nice man and it is extremely unhappy information.”

Information of Jones’ dying comes the day after the passing of former Bridgend, Cardiff and Wales again rower Owain Williams.

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