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Remembering Brian Jones

1935 - 2021

It is regret that we bring the news of the death of former player, Brian Jones. 

Brian played for Gloucester Rugby between 1956 and 1958.

 

Chris Collier, from the Gloucester Rugby Heritage team, paid tribute to Brian;


I remember seeing him play, and as far as I can recall he was nicknamed "Ginger" Jones.  He was a slim and very active back-row player. His brother Gordon played three times for Gloucester in the 1950-51 season, playing on the wing.

Brian made his first appearance on 29 December 1956, away at Neath.  He would always remember this game as Gloucester gained a rare win in Wales 3-0, by way of an Alan Holder penalty.  Brian scored his first try on 26 January 1957 against Cambridge University.  He had quickly established himself in the first XV, and made 21 appearances that season.  Those games included outstanding wins over Bristol and Newport at Kingsholm, and away against Harlequins.

Brian made nine more appearances in the 1957-58 season.  He was in the team which gained a stunning 6-3 win at Coventry, then in their pomp, when the Gloucester team was weakened by seven players appearing for Gloucestershire that day.  He scored tries against Old Blues and Northampton, the latter being another good away win.  A week later Brian made his final appearance on 8 March 1958 against RAF.

He had packed a lot into just 30 first team appearances.

Many thanks to Chris Collier

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