When the comic met the man-mountain: how a Welsh hero made Lomu ...

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When the comic met the man-mountain: how a Welsh hero made Lomu an icon

Among many marks he made on the sport, Phil Kingsley Jones prevented the star from abandoning rugby

Daniel Schofield

As a former prop from the Welsh valleys turned stand-up comedian, Phil Kingsley Jones was hardly an obvious candidate to have changed the course of rugby history.

However, were it not for Jones, who died this week at 72, Jonah Lomu would not have become rugby’s biggest global star.

It was Lomu’s presence at the 1995 World Cup that provided the rocket fuel for professionalism to take off. Every one of today’s professional players owes Lomu, and indirectly Jones, a huge debt of gratitude...

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