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Brothers unite to advance Temple rugby

While participating in Temple’s sports clubs might be an extracurricular activity to some, for three brothers it means a whole lot more.

David, Owen and Gareth Jones are anticipating the start of a new season for the Temple rugby club because for them, it’s the opportunity for all three to show off their skills as they play on the same team for the first time.

During his time at Temple, David, the oldest, has gotten the chance to see what it’s like to have one of his brothers, Owen, as a teammate. He said he enjoyed the past three years so much that he wanted to know what it would be like to have his youngest brother, Gareth, also join the team. To make that happen, David, a graphic design student, decided to stick around campus for a fifth year.

Jones rugby players
Brothers Dave, Gareth and Owen Jones (left-right) are playing on the same team for the first time this season as members of Temple’s rugby club. Rugby is one of 18 club sports, all student-managed, at Temple.
(Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg / University Photography)

Owen, a senior kinesiology major, said that when Gareth decided to follow in his older brothers’ footsteps and become a Temple Owl last year he was really proud that the family tradition would carry on.

“Our parents are originally from Wales, and our father got us into rugby as soon as we got old enough,” Owen said. “The entire rugby community — here at Temple and all over the world — is really friendly and it’s great that we can all be a part of that.”

Temple was a natural choice for the Havertown natives, whose family name was already a fixture at the University. Their father, Peter Jones, was a full-time professor in the criminal justice department for 18 years and has been the vice provost for undergraduate studies for the past three.

But their father wasn’t the only reason why they chose Temple. All three said they were impressed with the opportunities that the University offered — both on and off the field.

 “I’ve been watching my brothers play in Temple [rugby] games for the past six years and it made me realize how talented they were,” revealed Gareth, a sports management major. “To be able to play with guys that talented is awesome — but for them to also be my brothers is an honor.”

Unlike in some families, the Joneses said they don’t get jealous of each other’s abilities on the field; they support each other.

In fact, David and Owen couldn’t wait for this year’s rugby season to begin on Sept. 16.

They believe this could be one of their best years yet, all thanks to Gareth’s talent. As a high school senior last year, Gareth earned a spot on the USA Under-19 National Rugby Team and traveled to South America to compete in an international tournament.

As a former member of the USA Under-19 National Team, Owen said he knows that his brother is going to be a big asset to the club this season. Temple had a stellar season last year, and Gareth’s help might be the edge the club needs to bring home the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union’s highest honors. Falling just short of winning the championship title last year, the team is set on taking the prize this season.

By Karen Shuey

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