Attended Cwmcarn School and played his first rugby in the Abercarn and District Schools' League. Reached the Final Welsh Schoolboys' Trial. At Secondary level Brian attended Pontywaun Grammar School and there played mostly as an outside half. This school raised a number of first class rugby players including John Herrera and John Lane who played in the Newport team with Brian in the 1950's. He used to play for the school on Saturday morning and in the afternoons turn out for the Cross Keys Youth XV. Also played for Monmouthsire Youth.
Played for Cwmcarn United, Abercarn and guested for Cross Keys and Newbridge. Played for Royal Navy, Devonport Services, Combined Services.
When he joined Newport RFC he first played for the United, but soon fought his way into the First XV making his debut vs Harlequins 19th December 1953 (Won 25 v 0) with J Herrera and Onllwyn Brace. Played his 6th game as 18yr old vs 1954 New Zealand (Lost 6 v 11) - kicked penalty goal. Captain 1959-60, 1960-61. Newport RFC playing career 1953-54 to 1967-68.
Sevens expert and one of 3 Snelling Secretaries.
Helped Barbarians beat Avril Milan's 1960-61 South Africa, their only tour defeat.
Club coach including 1968-69 Championship and 1969 South Africa victory. Instrumental in introducing squad system into Welsh rugby. Chairman of Newport Athletic Club rugby section centenary 1975.
Played for Wales against Ireland and France in 1960, Barbarians (15 appearances including South African tour 1958), Crawshays, Monmouthshire. Joined Tredegar 1964-65 but returned 1966-67. Newport coach in 1967-68 (with Ian McJennett).
One of proudest moments was becoming only 2nd player on Welsh soil to be on winning side vs 3 touring sides (Newport vs Australia 1957 Won 11 v 0, Barbarians vs South Africa 1960 Won 6 v 0 and 1963 Newport vs New Zealand Won 3 v 0).
Also played cricket for Abercarn XI.
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When Newport played New Zealand in October 1980 the match programme included the following article by Brian:-
"By Brian J. Jones, Newport; Wales"
" "Black Magic" no, not those much publicised chocolates, but those rugby players with the Silver Fern emblazoned on their black jerseys. My first recollection of their 'magic' goes back to 1945-46 when, as a small schoolboy, I sat on the floodlit platform in front of the tote at Cardiff Arms Park and saw "The Kiwis" defeat Wales, with Jim Sherratt plucking out of the air a mis-directed kick by full back Lloyd-Davies and racing over for a try without a hand being laid upon him."
"Little did I realise that 9 years later at 18 years of age I would be on the field at Rodney Parade playing against R. C. Stuart's IVth All Blacks. The experience was a memorable one even though we lost an exciting game by 11pts to 6 pts."
"Onllwyn Brace had a magnificent game at scrum half behind a Newport pack who surprised everyone, the All Blacks included, with their scrummaging and it is interesting to note that Bryn Meredith played as prop that day with Lyn Davies as hooker. As for myself the thrill of kicking a long distance penalty goal mid-way through the second half is still with me; the other Newport points coming from a try by John Lane instigated by Onllwyn."
"Ten years later on Wednesday, 30th October 1963 Ian Clarke, the New Zealand prop and brother of "Don the Boot" and myself found ourselves in opposition once again with the visit of Wilson Whineray's Vth All Blacks to Rodney Parade. Only this time instead of being 'the baby' of the team I was, together with Ian Ford and Glyn Davidge, a senior player. The result of that historic game is fully covered in this programme, although it did help me to create the unique record of appearing on winning sides in this country versus New Zealand, South Africa and Australia."
"Another ten years had passed when Ian Kirkpatrick and his VIth All Blacks visited Rodney Parade to inflict according to all the media and many of our supporters a cricket score on the Black and Ambers. I was now coaching the Club in partnership with Ian McJennett, who together with Bryn Meredith and Bryn Williams, coached the 1963 team and having won the Unofficial Club Championship and defeated Dawie de Villiers' 'Springboks' only a few years earlier, we were determined that the Newport team under captain Geoff Evans would uphold the great traditions of the Club."
"The build-up had been severely hampered just like this season by injuries to vital players, but thanks to inspired leadership the players gave everything possible on the day, while the tactic of using prop Ian Barnard and flanker Paul Watts, both now Newport Committee men, to stop Sid Going, the hub of the All Blacks machine, worked perfectly. Unfortunately, our discipline regarding transgressing the laws, was unlike 1963 and we conceded numerous penalties, four of which were kicked as we were defeated by 20 pts to 15 pts."
"This afternoon 'Black Magic' will once again be encounted on our famous ground, but with discipline, dedication, flair and the will to win - qualities displayed by Black and Ambers' teams in 1954, 1963 and 1973 - Geoff Evans and his team can prove that 'All Black' rugby players are only human!"