Paul Jones Death – Obituary, Tributes – Popular Welsh rugby player Paul Jones passed away suddenly at 49

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Paul Jones – Death – Obituary – Popular Welsh rugby player Paul Jones suddenly passed away at the age of 49 in September 2021.

Paul is a former Wales B international who hailed from the Bridgend area. He was popularly known as “Stretch”.

In 2003 he was a player for Caerphilly in the final of the  European Shield against Castres at Reading’s Madejski Stadium.

He made 74 appearances for the Scarlets between 1992 and 1996, scoring 15 tries.

Paul Jones dead was announced not long after the death of former Cardiff, Bridgend, and wales back-rower Owain Williams

Tributes and Condolences

Social media have been buzzing for tributes and condolences from clubs, teammates, and fans.

Newport RFC wrote a tweet; “Some very sad news coming to us this morning of the passing of former Black and Amber Paul Jones.

“‘Stretch’ played 14 times between 1999 and 2001 during the famous Tony Brown era and also had one cap for Wales B.

“Our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”

 

Mark Ring former Wales center, who coached at Caerphilly, said; “Stretch was a big powerful second row who was a good pro in that he always wanted to win badly and demanded the best from his teammates.

“He could have a right old moan on occasions and probably lived up to the boys’ taunts as they likened him to Victor Meldrew!

“But that was the humorous side of some of the banter at Caerphilly. He was a big player for us at the time and a great guy to have around the dressing room.”

Dual code great Jonathan Davies commented: “RIP Paul. Terrible news.”

 

The Scarlets tweeted; “We are saddened to learn that our former player Paul Jones has passed away.

“Paul played 74 matches between 1992 and 1996 and started against the 1994 Springboks at Stradey Park.

“Our thoughts are with family and friends at this time.”

former Llanelli team-mate Emyr Lewis wrote; “That is such sad news. Paul was a great line out forward – tall and athletic – and a good team player. He was also a lovely guy.

“He is another player taken way too soon.”

 

Steven Bletsoe, a schoolmate ann also a neighbor in Brackia in the recent year said;

“The thing I can always remember about Paul from school as he got on at the same bus stop as me and he had to duck to get on because he was so tall,” he said.

“The whole bus used to cheer when he managed to get on.

“He was a couple of years older than me.

“When they would have team pictures in school, he would be in the middle row and he’d be as tall as the guys behind him stood on the benches.

“I followed his playing career as the years went on. He was a Derwyn Jones kind of player. He was on the pitch to do a job, which was to secure your lineout ball, and he did it really well.

“He moved into the area in Brackla two years ago and lived two doors up from me.

“He was a top bloke. We used to talk about old rugby teachers and good memories from playing in school.

“I spoke to him about when he went up and played for Leeds because I lived in Wakefield for ten years.

“He was just a really, really nice guy and it is very sad news.”