Paul John (rugby)

Paul John (born 25 January 1970 in Pontypridd) is a former Wales international rugby union player with 10 caps.[1] A scrum-half, he played his club rugby for Cardiff RFC, and then Pontypridd RFC, where he was captain.

Paul John
Medal record
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2018 Jakarta Team

John started playing for Llantwit Fardre Cardiff from 1986/87 -1990/91. He won 10 Welsh caps, making his debut against Tonga in 1994. He retired as a player in 2005 and was, until 2010, Head Coach at Pontypridd.[2] He was Assistant Coach of the Club,[3] as well as a successful Head Coach of the Wales Sevens team, who won the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens. John was appointed backs coach for Cardiff Blues in January 2014.

Paul was a teacher of physical education (PE) at Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School in Beddau, and Coedylan Comprehensive School in Cilfynydd before becoming a full-time coach within the Wales Rugby Union National Academy.[4]

He is now coaching the Hong Kong Sevens Team. In 2018 Asian Games, Hong Kong won all the games in the competition including upset victory over long time rival Japan with scoreline 14-0. Hong Kong became the first gold medal winners in the Asian Games Rugby Sevens under his guidance.[5]


  1. ^ "Wales Player Archive". Welsh Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
  2. ^ "John, Paul". Retrieved 29 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Paul's an inspiration to budding coaches". WalesOnline. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Hong Kong strike gold at the Asian Games". Asia Rugby. 1 September 2018. Archived from the original on 2 September 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2018.