Ken Jones OBE
Jones was born in Blaenavon, Monmouthshire on 30 December 1921 and as a youth attended West Monmouth Grammar School in Pontypool. There, under the guidance of Gilbert Garnett, he nurtured a skill in rugby union, representing his school and during the holidays he would play for Talywain. During the 1939/40 season, he was selected for the Welsh Secondary School XV, his first Welsh cap and later that year he attended St. Paul’s Training College in Cheltenham. Jones served his country towards the end of World War II and was stationed in India with the Royal Air Force. It was while on service that Jones developed his sprinting.
After leaving the RAF, Kenwent on to develop his rugby to the highest level captaining Newport (1950/1 and 1953/4),winning 44 caps for Wales and playing three tests for the British and Irish Lions during the 1950 tour to New Zealand. A renowned try scorer, his highlights included a near length-of-the-field score on the 1950 Lions tour, and also a classic match winning try the last time Wales defeated the All Blacks in 1953. Ken was named Welsh Sports Personality of the Year in 1954.
As a prolific athlete, Ken was Welsh sprint champion for seven consecutive years, setting four national records, and representing Britain at the 1948 Olympics in London, winning silver in the 4x100m relay. In 1954, he captained Britain at the European Games in Berne and represented Wales at the Empire Games in Vancouver.
When he retired in 1957, he wrote on rugby and athletics for The Sunday Express.. He was awarded the OBE in 1960 for services to sport.
As one of Wales’ greatest all-rounders, he is the only dual-sport international to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. He died in 2006