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Gareth Jones (rugby player)

Gareth Jones (4 December 1979 – 16 June 2008) was a Welsh rugby union player who played as a scrum-half for Neath rugby club until his death in 2008.

Gareth Jones
Birth nameGareth Jones
Date of birth(1979-12-04)4 December 1979
Place of birthPontypridd, Wales, UK
Date of death16 June 2008(2008-06-16) (aged 28)
Place of deathUniversity Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight11 st 10 lb (74 kg)
ChildrenCoel, Courtney
Occupation(s)Painter and decorator
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Glyncoch ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)

Club careerEdit

Jones started his career with Glyncoch and then progressed to play for Beddau and Pontypridd, before making his debut for Neath in 2006 against Newport. He was also a part-time decorator.


After sustaining an injury to his neck during a game against Cardiff in the Premier Division in a ruck on 20 April 2008, Jones was taken to the University Hospital of Wales for treatment. During his time there, he received operations and treatment to help with his injury, but died on the afternoon of 16 June.[1]


  1. ^ "BBC Sport: Scrum-half dies after neck injury". BBC News. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2008.