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Luke Jones (rugby union)

Luke Jones (born 2 April 1991) is a rugby union footballer. His regular playing position is either lock or flanker. He represents Bordeaux in the French Top 14 competition, having previously played for the Melbourne Rebels and the Western Force in Super Rugby.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones 2014.jpg
Jones in 2014
Birth nameLuke Maxwell Jones[1]
Date of birth (1991-04-02) 2 April 1991 (age 28)
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight111 kg (17 st 7 lb)
SchoolSt Pius X College, Sydney
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock / Flanker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–2015
2016–2019
Melbourne Rising
Bordeaux
14
48
(5)
(10)
Correct as of 7 September 2018
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012 Manly 5 (5)
Correct as of 21 July 2014
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010
2011–2016
2019–
Force
Rebels
Rebels
2
72
14
(0)
(5)
(0)
Correct as of 16 June 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010
2014–
Australia U20
Australia
5
3
(5)
(0)
Correct as of 30 November 2014

Playing historyEdit

Jones represented the Australian Schoolboys in both 2008 and 2009. He was a Schoolboys' captain in 2009,[2] and named to play in a test against New Zealand in Brisbane.[3] He also captained NSW Schools in 2009 at the Australian National Championships.[4] He was selected to tour the UK with the Australian Schoolboys in late 2009,[5][6] and selected again to play Ireland.[7] Jones then returned to Australia to train with the Western Force in Perth. He had signed with the Force while at St Pius X College in Sydney,[4][8][9] to become the first forward in Australian rugby to sign a full-time professional contract whilst still at school.[10][11]

Jones had a busy 2010. He made his Super Rugby debut in Wellington against the Hurricanes; he hadn't yet turned 19 when he came off the bench to help Force captain Nathan Sharpe lock the scrum in the competition's second round.[6] At the 2010 JWC in Argentina he scored one of Australia's nine tries to help the Australia wallop Scotland 58–13 in a pool match.[12] And he helped Sydney Uni win its club competition.[2]

In March 2010 it was announced Jones would leave the Force to transfer to the Melbourne Rebels ready for the 2011 Super Rugby season.[10][13] In May 2011 he made his Rebels debut against the Cheetahs in South Africa.[14][15] In June he received the 'Rebel Rising Player of the Year' award,[16] and competed for Australia in the JWC in Italy.[17][18][19] His JWC teammates included SPX alumni and flanker Michael Hooper (Brumbies from 2010), and prop Paul Alo-Emile (Rebels from 2012).[20]

Jones began his 2012 Super Rugby season at number 6 (blindside flanker) in the Rebels season opener against the Waratahs.[9][21] He continued with the Rebels in 2013[22] and 2014.[23]

In 2013, Jones re-signed with the Rebels until the end of the 2016 Super Rugby season.[24]

Super Rugby StatisticsEdit

As of 16 June 2019[25]
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2010 Western Force 2 0 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 Rebels 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Rebels 12 12 0 948 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013 Rebels 16 11 5 967 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014 Rebels 16 15 1 1177 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 Rebels 15 15 0 1196 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2016 Rebels 13 13 0 977 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 Rebels 14 12 2 933 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 88 78 10 6210 1 0 0 0 5 2 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jones, Luke (3 February 2013). "luke_jones91". Luke Jones Twitter account. Twitter. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b ARU. "Luke Jones player profile". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Nine NSW players named in Australian Schools side for NZ Test" (Press release). NSW Rugby. 7 October 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b Rugby WA (14 August 2009). "Schoolboy star Luke Jones commits to Western Force" (Press release). Western Force. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  5. ^ ARU (21 November 2009). "Australian Schoolboys eye Triple Crown". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  6. ^ a b Pike, Chris (25 February 2010). "Young gun Jones revels in early chance" (Press release). Western Force. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  7. ^ ARU (12 January 2009). "WA's Godwin, new recruit Jones named in Schoolboys starting XV". Western Force. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  8. ^ "SPX Rugby Club". Parents & Friends. St Pius X College. Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  9. ^ a b Pandaram, Jamie (2 March 2012). "Melbourne Rebels rising star Luke Jones is living up to his potential". Daily Telegraph. News. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Luke Jones player profile". Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  11. ^ Westgate, Marc Heywood (20 October 2011). "Wallaby watch: Luke Jones". British Lions. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  12. ^ AAP (6 June 2010). "Aussie rugby juniors open in style". Business Day. Fairfax. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  13. ^ Harris, Bret (25 March 2010). "Kurtley Beale back to boost Waratah's attack". Australian. News. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  14. ^ Govorcin, Damir (25 December 2011). "Pius X veteran targets Rebels berth, Wallaby jersey". Sport. Sydney: Catholic Weekly. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  15. ^ Getty Images (21 May 2011). "Luke Jones of the Rebels (L) in action during the Super Rugby match between the Cheetahs and Melbourne Rebels in Bloemfontein". Daylife. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  16. ^ "Phipps steals the show at Rebels awards ceremony" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  17. ^ ARU (26 May 2011). "Colby Fanigaa named Australian U20s JWC captain". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  18. ^ "Luke Jones wins U20s call-up" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  19. ^ "Jones better for Junior World Championship experience" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  20. ^ ARU (10 May 2011). "Australian Under 20s Named for JWC". Australian Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  21. ^ Getty Images (2 March 2012). "Luke Jones with the ball during the round two Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Waratahs in Melbourne". Daylife. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  22. ^ Watts, John (21 February 2014). "Contenders: Backrow" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  23. ^ "Jones, English re-sign with Rebels". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. AAP. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  24. ^ "Player Statistics". its rugby. Retrieved 26 July 2016.

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