Ryan Paul Jones (born 13 March 1981 in Newport) is a Wales international rugby union player who plays at number eight, blindside flanker or second row for Bristol Rugby. He has been involved in three Grand Slam wins, in 2005, as captain in 2008, and 2012. He is one of a small group of Welsh players to have won three Grand Slams including Gethin Jenkins, Adam Jones, Gareth Edwards, Gerald Davies and JPR Williams.
Ryan Jones studied at UWIC, now Cardiff Metropolitan University gaining a BSc (Hons) from 1999 to 2002. He played over a 100 games for UWIC RFC and captained the 1st's in his last year. Ryan said of the University: "I was a student at Cardiff Met's Cyncoed Campus for three years. I was really inspired by the ethos of sporting excellence and University rugby was the springboard for my international career” Ryan met his wife Alisa Jones at Cardiff Metropolitan University and was made an Honorary Fellow of the University in 2008.
Jones started his club career with Newport RFC making just one appearance as a replacement for Alix Popham versus Bridgend in May 1999. After leaving Newport he made 12 appearances for Bridgend RFC, before moving on to the Celtic Warriors at the start of regional rugby in 2003. In 2004, when the Celtic Warriors were disbanded he was offered a contract with the Ospreys, who went on to win the Celtic League in 2004–05 and its replacement, the Celtic League in 2006–07. Jones was appointed captain of the Ospreys at the start of the 2007–08 season and under his captaincy the team went on to win the Anglo-Welsh Cup in 2007–08, beating Leicester Tigers in the final at Twickenham and the Magners League for the third time in 2009–10, beating Leinster at the RDS Arena in Dublin in the play-off final. He was succeeded as captain by his Wales and British Lions colleague Alun-Wyn Jones at the start of the 2010–11 season. On 24 March 2014, Jones signed for English club Bristol Rugby, who compete in the RFU Championship, on a two-year contract from the 2014-15 season.
Many supporters were surprised when he was not initially selected for the 44-man squad for the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. He was later called up as a replacement for the injured Simon Taylor. After his performance in the 30–19 win over Otago he was selected for the squad for the first test. He came on as a replacement and went on to start in the final two tests.