Jonathan Humphreys: Ten things to know about the Wales forward coach
Former Wales captain Jonathan Humphreys is now a member of the coaching staff of the national team…
Ten things to know about Jonathan Humphreys
1. Jonathan Humphreys was born on February 27, 1969 in Bridgend, Wales. As a player, he took part in Cardiff, Bath and Wales.
2. He captained Wales and represented the team at two Rugby World Cups, in 1995 and 1999.
3. He played in the inaugural Heineken Cup final in 1996 for Cardiff. His team lost 21-18 to French club Toulouse.
4. He took on New Zealand’s Sean Fitzpatrick on his test debut. “As we ran out of the tunnel, he said to me, ‘You’re not ready for this, little boy,'” he recalled. The rugby paper.
“I had read his autobiography before I went out and at one lineout he was babbling while he had done all the matches and I said, ‘Mate, I read your book and it was s**t.’”
5. He won 35 caps for his country between 1995 and 2003.
6. Humphreys started coaching at Ospreys before taking roles with Scotland, Glasgow Warriors and Wales. He joined the national set up as part of Wayne Pivac’s coaching team after RWC 2019.
7. Humphreys praised the leadership of Alun Wyn Jones – the world’s most limited player. He said: “You are led by Al, who sets the tone for this very, very well. No one has experienced this more often than him.
“When you have a team meeting and one of those (senior players) stands up and says something, you listen, based on the fact that they’ve been there, done it and been through all those things. That is worth its weight in gold.”
8. Humphreys was appointed assistant coach to Dave Rennie for the Barbarians in 2021 but the game against Samoa was canceled that day due to Covid cases among the squad.
9. His mother-in-law, Christine James, was murdered in 2016.
10. Humphreys said the Fall 2021 Internationals gave players opportunities they would not have had otherwise. He told WalesOnline: “I think it’s been brilliant for us to find out about people who can increase our depth.
“The injuries we’ve had have forced players to play who probably wouldn’t have played much.”
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