Position: Back Row
|Date Of Birth||13/03/1981 (37)|
|Place Of Birth||Newport|
|Height||196cm / 6' 5"|
|Weight||113kg / 17st 11lbs|
Born on 31st march 1981 in Newport, Ryan made his mark in rugby as a No8 but can also cover the blindside and second row positions. He was a latecomer to the Union game having been playing football with Bristol Rovers as a goalkeeper until he was 14 and joining Risca RFC aged 17. Ryan's first taste of the newly introduced Regional setup in Wales, was with the Bridgend based Celtic Warriors and after their demise at the end of 2003-04, he moved to the Ospreys where he currently plays, winning the 2004-05 Celtic League with them. He was an integral part of the Ospreys squad that won the Celtic League's successor, the Magners League Championship in 2006-07 and as captain of the Ospreys in 2007-08 he lifted the Anglo-Welsh EDF Cup with a win over Leicester Tigers at Twickenham. This followed a defeat at their hands in the Twickenham final the season before. In 2009-10 he captained the Ospreys to their third Championship title as they beat Leinster at the Irish side's home ground in Dublin to win the Magners League again. He was succeeded in 2010-11 to the captaincy by Alun Wyn Jones.
On the international scene, Ryan made his senior debut in the close match with South Africa in Cardiff in November 2004 and played in the first Welsh side to win a Grand Slam for 28 years in 2005. Not initially selected for the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, he flew out as a replacement for injured Scotsman Simon Taylor and after an eye catching performance against Otago, was selected and played as a substitute in the first Test. He started the 2nd and third Tests and was one of only a few players to return from the unhappy tour with his reputatuion greatly enhanced.
Ryan was given the captaincy of the Welsh side in 2008 and following an appearance for Swansea against Llanelli, proved his fitness after injury and led them to a second Grand Slam in the 2008 Six Nations Championship. Not selected for the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa, he did eventually join the tour but failed a fitness test and was unfortunately to take no part. Ryan Jones captained the Welsh side in the Autumn series of 2009 and is currently a member of the Welsh squad.
He has moved on occasion to second row and flanker for Wales and the Ospreys but when fit and on form offers a dynamic to the team that other forwards do not, making good ground and showing deft handling skills. His emergence as "an intelligent No8" for Wales has filled a gap long overdue in the national side.
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