Jake Ball (rugby union)
|Date of birth||21 June 1991|
|Place of birth||Ascot, Berkshire, England|
|Height||1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||121 kg (19 st 1 lb; 267 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Ball was born in England and migrated to Australia with his parents when he was 17. A rising star in Australia, he was spotted by Welsh regional team the Scarlets, who signed him on a three-year deal in 2012 at the age of 21. He made his professional debut for the team on 15 September 2012, coming on as a 61st-minute replacement in the team's victory over Connacht in the Pro 12 tournament.
Despite being born in England, Ball is eligible to play for the Wales national team due to his father being from Pwllheli. In January 2014, he was called up to the Wales squad for the 2014 Six Nations Championship. He made his international debut for Wales against Ireland on 8 February 2014 as a second-half replacement. His first test start came in a 27–6 victory over France two weeks later.
- "Jake Ball". espnscrum.com. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
- "The Scarlets agree three-year deal for lock Jake Ball". bbc.co.uk. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
- "Pro12: Connacht 11-24 Scarlets". bbc.co.uk. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
- Morgan, Lowri (reporter); Howells, Chris (assistant producer) (24 March 2014). Scrum V Sunday (Television production). Cardiff: BBC Wales. Event occurs at 19:05. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
In 2012, the Scarlets were tipped off about him, and made aware that Jake's father – a former London Welsh player – was originally from Pwllheli.
- Wales squad update