Jones, Pete

Jones, Pete

Pete Jones was a prop who played 184 times for Gloucester from 1983 to 1998. He won a Scottish cap as a replacement and also represented Scotland A.  He played for the South West Division and before playing for Scotland had had an England Under 23 trial.

Peter Martin “Pete” Jones (also nicknamed “Jonah”) was born in Arbroath in December 1963. He was educated at Hucclecote Secondary School.

Pete Jones made his debut for Gloucester in 1983. Phil Blakeway and Gordon Sargent were soon to retire but Gloucester still had a succession of formidable props (Phillips, Pascall, Preedy, Deacon, Windo and Powles) and competition for places was fierce throughout his career.

He played regularly in 1985-86 and was given an England Under 23 trial. Throughout the next few seasons however he struggled to keep his place and was in and out of the side. He was a replacement in the 1990 John Player Cup Final against Bath.

Pete regained a regular first team place in 1990-91. He changed his allegiance to the country of his birth and played for Scotland A several times before getting a cap as a replacement for Scotland against Wales in 1991-92 (Ian Smith played in the same game). He toured Australia with Scotland In Summer 1992 although he was not selected for the internationals.

In November 1992 Gloucester loaned him to Newport for one game to play against the touring Transvaal side as they were short of props due to injury.

Although his last big game was in 1994-95 Pete Jones played occasional 1st XV games until the end of the 1997-98 season.

 

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