Adam Jones is a Welsh former union player who plays for Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. Jones began his career with Neath before switching to the Ospreys with the regionalisation of Welsh rugby in 2003. Following several successful seasons at club level, Jones was called up to play in the Wales national squad in 2003, making his debut as a replacement against England, during the 2003 Six Nations.
Jones almost immediately pinned down the No.3 shirt and was selected for Wales’ World Cup squad at the end of 2003. Jones featured in all of Wales’ games at the tournament, starting in the crucial group games against Italy and New Zealand and the quarter-final loss to England. Jones continued to hold down the starting tighthead spot through the 2004 Six Nations and autumn Internationals. Furthermore, Jones was a key member of the Welsh Grand Slam winning side in 2005, starting in all five of Wales’ games en route to their historic achievement. It was alongside Gethin Jenkins, that Jones provided a platform for the side.
Jones was a solid presence during the 2006 Six Nations, and was also one of the senior squad members for Wales’ summer tour to Argentina. Following a difficult tournament for Wales in the 2007 Six Nations, Jones was selected for his second World Cup in the autumn of 2007. In that year’s World Cup, Jones played in the group stage against Canada and Australia, but was dropped in favour of Worcester’s Chris Horsman for the crucial final group game against Fiji. Bouncing back from disappointment of the World Cup, Jones played in four of Wales’ games on their way to the Grand Slam in the 2008 Six Nations.
In his early career, Jones was often criticised for a lack of scrummaging power, but he has answered those critics with several seasons of dogged and dependable work in the front row of both Wales and the Ospreys. In August of 2011, Jones was named in the 30-man first team squad for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. The Welsh team performed admirably, reaching the semi-finals. Jones played a vital role in providing a platform for Wales’ exciting backs to score many tries. Jones played against South Africa, Samoa, Fiji and Ireland before injuring his calf within the first ten minutes of the semi-final against France.
Jones returned to full fitness in Decemeber of 2011, and subsequently did enough to earn selection for Wales’ 35-nab squad for the training camp in Poland prior to the 2012 Six Nations. He was later part of the 37-man squad for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia. In January of 2015, Jones announced his retirement from International rugby. In March of 2015, it was announced that Jones would join the Aviva Premiership side, Harlequins from the 2015-16 season. Jones is one of a small group of Welsh players to have won three Grand Slams, including Gethin Jenkins, Ryan Jones, Gareth Edwards, Gerald Davies and JPR Williams.
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“Thank you for all your help and support with the above event, it was a huge success. Could you pass our thanks on to Gethin, Richard and Adam they were fantastic !!” – Kamen, HQWS