Rugby prop guilty of grievous bodily harm
A RUGBY player who broke an opponent’s jaw with a “sly” off-the-ball punch has been convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Pontardawe prop Sion Keiron Jones launched the unprovoked attack on Ferryside lock Christopher Rogers in the final moments of a match between the teams.
Mr Rogers was knocked unconscious by the blow, and later needed surgery to fit metal plates and screws in his face.
Jones had denied the assault, insisting he was stuck at the bottom of a ruck at the time the Carmarthenshire player was punched to the ground.
But a jury at Swansea Crown Court found him guilty – by a majority of 10 to two – following trial.
The 34-year-old will be sentenced for the offence next month.
The assault took place during a match between Pontardawe RFC and Ferryside RFC at the Swansea Valley side’s Rec pitch in October 2017.
The trial heard that in the final moments of the game a ruck formed in the Ferryside half of the pitch following a scrum – Mr Rogers retreated to take his position in the defensive line.
Moments later, as the Carmarthenshire man turned his head to talk to a teammate, Jones ran from behind the ruck and punched him in the side of the face with a “swing” of the arm.
Judge Keith Thomas ordered a probation report into the defendant, and he will be sentenced on August 23.
Sion Keiron Jones.