The XV: Llew Jones

29 Dec


Position: Number Eight

School: Ysgol Glantaf

The back row is an area where caps are up for grabs in the Wales team at the moment, and while a national call-up may be a little far away for Glantaf’s Llew Jones, he is certainly a number eight with a bright future.

A powerful runner and destructive presence at the breakdown, Jones impressed The XV throughout Glantaf’s recent cup win against Radyr.

On numerous occasions Jones brushed aside opposing defenders and his hand-off (pictured) often left tacklers grasping at thin air.

His bulky frame and shock of jet-black hair flowing from his scrum cap make Jones a striking figure on the field, and his performance made him doubly prominent.

Like the rest of the Glantaf side, Jones has a sound temperament as well as clear talent. Despite the best efforts of some Radyr players to rile Glantaf – which at one time threatened to boil over into a brawl – Jones kept his cool.

His clarity of mind meant he was able to spot gaps in the opposition’s defence, and instead of simply burrowing his way into contact, Jones would often pierce Radyr lines because of the incisive nature of his angled runs.

Indeed, Jones and his fellow forwards set the foundation for a number of Glantaf attacks, as their yard-guzzling drives forced their opponents on to the back foot.

From a defensive perspective, Jones was effective at the ruck area. On more than one occasion, his jackling and hassling led to turnovers and brought Glantaf much valuable possession.

Perhaps one area where Jones could improve would be in terms of his overall influence. Although his performance meant he was leading by example, a player of this prominence would be an even greater asset to his side if he was to vocalise his leadership.

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    […] Wales Under 18 side, while we have also prided ourselves on highlighting promising players, such as Llew Jones, who have not yet been spotted by the professional […]

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