Ian Jones hails from Port Talbot, in what he describes as the “Original South Wales”. He first played rugby at age 6 for the Tywyn Primary School. Ian attended Sandfields Comprehensive, also in Port Talbot, for his secondary schooling from 1977 to 1982. He played U14, U15, U16 and Youth for Aberavon Green Stars. Ian played in the Youth team for 3 years during which they lost 2 cup finals.
Ian went on to play senior rugby for Aberavon Harlequins from 1985 to 2003. Ian played 205 games across 3 grades primarily on the wing or at fullback. He scored 85 tries for the club. It was while playing at Aberavon Harlequins that Ian made his first forays into rugby administration taking on the role as Players Secretary from 1999 to 2001 and ultimately the position of club secretary from 2001 to 2003. This experience would stand him in good stead for the contribution that he was to make at MURFC.
Ian and his family emigrated to Melbourne in November 2003. During their initial years in Melbourne Ian did not join a rugby club as his work often took him interstate. In May of 2005 a visit to the Zoo led to him crossing the road to watch some master’s games being played. Serendipitously, Ian met a player that day who talked him into coming along the next week to play for the MURFC Gents XV at Box Hill. That player was Nigel Aiken, perhaps the most successful recruiter MURFC has ever produced.
With his family in tow Ian duly went along to Box Hill the next week and played for the MURFC Gents XV against Endeavour Hills. He scored a try in what was a 35-33 loss in what turned out to be his one and only game for MURFC. Ian’s wife Michele was apparently not too impressed when Ian split his lip and broke his elbow. By his own estimation he was a “One game wonder”. He did however continue to keep a track of scores and went to games whenever he could.
The MURFC Centenary celebrations of 2009 cemented Ian’s involvement with the club. Ian invited himself along to a Clubhouse lunch and in fact presented the Club with a framed Aberavon Harlequins Jersey. At that lunch he met what could only be described as the MURFC Mafia, Simon Davis, Craig Albiston, Rick Boykett, Peter Cusack, Peter Hone and Paul Webster. As he freely admits himself he consumed copious quantities for food and drink and as many of us do under such circumstances, pledged his ongoing loyalty to MURFC. On the following Tuesday as a result of his pledge he received a call from Simon Davis reminding him that he had promised to help out with 4th Grade. On the following Thursday night he was introduced to the 4th Grade coach Colin Campbell. Colin introduced Ian to the 4th Grade team in the sheds on Saturday by passing him a blank team sheet, the medical bag and the water bottles. “This is Jonesy and he is your manager”, proclaimed Colin. As they say, “the rest is history” and Ian has been the heart and soul of our club ever since.
Ian’s record of involvement with our club is as follows:
- 2009 – Manager 4th Grade
- 2010 – Manager 2nd Grade
- 2011 – Manager 2nd Grade
- 2012 – Manager 2nd Grade
- 2012 – Manager Australian Uni Games 7s
- 2013 – Manager 3rd Grade
- 2014 – Manager 2nd Grade
- 2014 – Manager Intervarsity 7s
- 2014 – Manager Australian Uni Games 7s
- 2015 – Manager Intervarsity 7s
- 2016 – Manager Intervarsity 7s
- 2017 – Manager Australian Uni Games 7s
- 2013 – Director of Rugby Operations
- 2014 – Director of Rugby Operations
- 2015 – Director of Rugby Operations
- 2016 – Director of Rugby Operations
- 2017 – Director of Rugby Operations
- 2018 – Director of Rugby Operations