Full name Mark Anthony Jones
Born November 7, 1979, Builth Wells
Current age 35 years 85 days
Major teams Scarlets, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in
Weight 200 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||2003-2007||7||7||0||15||3||0||0||0||4||3||0||57.14|
|Test debut||Wales v England at Millennium Stadium, Feb 3, 2001 match details|
|Last Test||United States of America v Wales at Chicago, Jun 6, 2009 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Mark Jones possessed all of the attributes that make a world class wing; pace, power and try-scoring instinct. Jones began his playing career with Builth Wells Youth before joining Llandovery. In his first season in the Welsh League he took the top scorer honours. He subsequently joined Llanelli in 1997, having represented Wales at U18, U19 and U21 level.
He made his full Welsh debut against England in the 2001 Six Nations, making further appearances against Scotland and Japan during 2001. Jones soon became a regular in the international setup, and was selected for the 2003 World Cup squad.
Jones' appearance for Wales against England in the quarter final of the World Cup proved to be his last in a red shirt for almost three years, as a series of horrific knee injuries threatened his career.
Following reconstructive surgery on the injured knee, Jones was finally recalled for Wales' Six Nations opener against England in 2006. After his return Jones again became an ever present within the Wales setup, playing every match of the 2006 and 2007 Six Nations before being selected in Gareth Jenkins' 2007 World Cup squad.
Jones played in every match of the tournament, although Wales' poor performances saw them exit the competition at the group stages. He held on to his starting spot for Wales under the new management of Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards, and played in four of the five games that brought Wales a Grand Slam in the 2008 Six Nations.
In the deciding game of the tournament against France, Jones was denied the final say when he was hauled down inches short of the French line having split the defence deep inside his own 22 and galloped the length of the field.
Knee problems struck again during the 2009-10 season and in August 2010 Jones was forced to concede defeat and retire from playing, taking up a role as skills coach at the Scarlets.