|Weight||94kg (14st 11lb)|
As a member of the London Wasps Elite Player Development Group (EPDG) since the age of 13, Gus Jones is steeped in the game. A former Eton College student in chemistry, biology and economics, he is reading biological sciences at Oxford University and has won Blues against Cambridge in both the past two years. He first laced up his boots at the age of eight at the Dragon School in Oxford and played for Oxford Harlequins from 2001-07.
London-born Gus is equally comfortable packing down on the flank as playing the double bass, which is among his musical interests and in career terms he wants to become a professional with Wasps or study medicine. He has earned a reputation as a try-scorer and bagged eight in nine matches for England U20, including four in the 2014 Junior World Championship.
His rugby days have already taken him to Argentina with Eton College and he is a former captain of Oxfordshire U16. He has also led Eton, England U17 and England U18, captaining the side to an 18-16 victory over France at Fylde in February 2012. He went on to guide the team to wins over Georgia (58-8), Wales (22-16) and Ireland (25-13) in the FIRA/AER European Championship in Madrid in March and April that year.
Gus played off the bench against Scotland and Italy in the 2013 U20 RBS 6 Nations, helping the side to win the title for the third consecutive year and scored four tries when making his first start, together with his fourth appearance in all, when Wales were overpowered 67-7 at Kingston Park, Newcastle this year.
He had already won England Schools U16A honours and first represented England U18 against Ireland at Donnybrook in December 2010, his favourite experience before last season.
Mentors abound from Rob Dow and Gareth Jones, his junior school teachers to college coaches Bill Norton, Nathan Leamon and Ben Horan. Chris Lloyd and Rob Smith, his London Wasps coaches, have ushered Gus further along a successful path as has Peter Walton, the England U18 forwards coach.
Gus most admires 2011 World Cup winning New Zealand captain and flanker Richie McCaw and his top ground is the Millennium Stadium. A high-profile appearance there would be something to savour.
U20 International Record
40 points – 8T
2013 S(R), It(R) 2014 I(R), W World Championship – It, A, Arg(R), I, SA
Last updated: July 3, 2014