Dorian Jones: ex-Dragon Jones signs up for more in France

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Dorian Jones is the son of the former boss of the Kingsley Dragons

Former dragons half-wheel Dorian Jones signed for two years with Soyaux-Angoulême.

Jones, 27, has previously spent two years in Angoulême, although he was cut short by the closure of the coronavirus in France.

“I really enjoyed it, they welcomed me with open arms and they were brilliant with me,” said Jones.

Jones scored 132 points as his club finished seventh of 16 clubs in Pro D2.

He and Vannes lock up Carwyn Jones were left as the only two Welsh professionals in the first two divisions of French rugby after the acrimonious departure of Rhys Webb from Toulon.

The situation contrasts sharply with the beginning of the 2010s, when the Parisian club Racing 92 had Jamie Roberts of Wales, Mike Phillips, Luke Charteris and Dan Lydiate.

Webb was verbally attacked by Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal, and no longer played for them after December 2019.

“I understand a lot of what Rhys Webb has said,” Jones told BBC Sport Wales.

“But I really enjoy my rugby and there is a real feeling of home. I feel like I’m playing Ebbw Vale, everyone is so friendly. “

Jones headed to France at the end of a five-year stint with the Dragons, where he made 66 appearances and scored 208 points, before a brief stint on loan with Worcester Warriors.

He was on vacation in Dubai when the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic became apparent, and Angoulême advised him to return directly to the United Kingdom just before the strict French foreclosure took effect.

“The lock is very serious. Fines are imposed for being on the street, and if you are going shopping, you must have a paper sign indicating that this is where you went. You can’t be more than three kilometers from your home, “said Jones.

The professional league season in France has now been abandoned after a government ban on the sport until at least September, but Jones is grateful that he can at least run and cycle in the hills above his Brynmawr’s house awaiting the call to return to western France. .

“It’s disappointing because we had a chance to make the play-offs [for a Top14 place], but we can start to focus on next season.

“They take the virus very seriously to be fair, but they’re crazy about rugby and I get a lot of messages online asking,” When will the game come back? “

“They desperately want him to come back, but they are very serious and take the right [health] precautions. “

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