Ryan Jones is a former Wales international rugby union player who played at number eight, blindside flanker or second row. He has been involved in three Grand Slam wins, in 2005, as captain in 2008 and in 2012. He also captained the Ospreys from 2007 to 2010 and counts four Guinness Pro12 titles amongst his achievements.
Jones made his international debut for Wales against South Africa in November 2004. He features in Wales’ 2005 Grand Slam-winning side. In January 2008, Jones was appointed captain of Wales by new coach, Warren Gatland. In his first Six Nations tournament as captain, he led his team to a second Grand Slam in four years. In April 2009, Jones was omitted from the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, before being called up to join the squad later, after Stephen Ferris pulled out with a knee injury. Within days, he was declared unfit to play by the medical team due to head injuries he had sustained in a previous Wales test match. Ryan Jones retired from rugby in 2015, on medical advice following a recurring shoulder injury.
Jones held the record as Wales most capped captain by overtaking the record of 28 caps held by Ieuan Evans.
Ryan now works as the WRU Performance Director.