Gareth Jones


In memory of Gareth Jones - "Snid"
In memory of Gareth Jones - "Snid"

Pontypridd RFC is today coming to terms, as is the entire community of Welsh rugby, with the passing away of former Ponty and Neath scrum half Gareth Jones – better known to all his acquaintances as “Snid”.

The tragic news of Gareth’s passing came on the afternoon of 16th June, the twenty-eight year old finally losing his long battle to overcome a serious neck injury sustained whilst playing for Neath back in April.

The thoughts of everyone at Pontypridd RFC are today with Gareth’s young family. Memories of a hugely popular player will be cherished by all who remember him from his time with the club.

The following statement has been issued by Neath RFC:

“It is with deep regret that Neath Rugby have to announce that Scrum Half Gareth Jones passed away peacefully this afternoon, in the Heath hospital Cardiff. Gareth's family have requested that their privacy is respected at this very sad and difficult time for them all.”


  • gareth jones

    jerry jones my nephew
    fond memories never die
    sleep in peace snid
    god bless


  • RIP

    joan urwin so proud to have known you. In my heart you'll always stay, loved and remembered everyday, goodnight my darling, god bless RIP x x x

  • snid

    patricia fry r.i.p angel xxxx

  • RIP

    lucy Rest In Peace.Will truly be missed but never forgotten by anybody xxx

  • R.I.P.

    winsky01 You always gave 100% in a Ponty shirt and for that you'll always have my respect! Such a sad loss, I hope time turns out to be a healer for your family and friends. R.I.P.

  • rest in peace

    Scizeau my condolences to everyone who will miss him, but although I never met him and I'm not even a rugby fan, he did change my life.

    rest in peace Gareth Jones, your memory will be carried on, with help from friends, family and fans aswell as those here in scotland.

  • rip

    liniker be always thinking ov you remember the good old days rip x

  • Gareth Jones

    ComeonthePont! Gareth
    Such a tragedy
    You were always so exciting to watch with your great pace and tenacity
    Was sorry to see you move on to Neath where I know you made your mark so well also
    A real character off the field as well
    The real local boy made good
    My thoughts are with you and your family
    I am sure Ponty will do something to remember you
    I will never forget you, of that I am sure
    Rest in Peace

  • rip

    klawd i,ll never 4get our stag week in benidorm,they were proper happy days. gutted your gone im gonna miss u my scouse friend x

  • r.i.p

    youngy we will all miss you x

  • RIP Snid

    pontyprincess1 Cant believe your gone. We didnt always see eye to eye but the good times far out numberd the bad! When I think of you I cant help but smile, You'll never be forgotten thats for sure!!

    Love to your family

    Love Sticklebrick xx


    Jodie Thomas You will be sadly missed by everyone. Lv u loads xxxxxxxxxxxxxx


    TJ RIP Gareth. We created a tribute in his honor. Add your memories for this rugby great.

  • your your daughters hero

    nichola jayne hunt You'll never realise how much we'll miss you, you will always be a hero to your daughter courtney, you will always live in her.. Always in our thoughts forever in our hearts... i know you'll be watching over her..... love always x x x

  • RIP

    Tony C You were amazing and strong. We created a tribute in his honor. Share your memories.

  • snid

    alison rip snid

  • RIP Snid

    Sue Richards A terrible tragedy, my thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time

    • mair harris my deepest and heartfelt sympathies go out to snids partner and their young children, and as a mother to snids mum and dad. Sleep Well Snid x

  • RIP Snid

    Neil S A horrible tragedy. Words can not be enough for his family at this time. Snid always had the time for a chat and his passion for life was obvious. He gave his all for the teams he represented. RIP Snid.

  • Snid

    raven Sad news

  • RIP Snid

    Neal Hammond I'll always remember the indelible moment when you sent out that long pass to set up the try for Lockyear in the Cup Final against Neath. A great memory.

  • snid

    kad so sad to hear this tragic news,deepest sympathy to all his family.RIP SNID

  • Rest in Peace...

    Sardis-Exile The times that I have yelled "Come on Snid" from the terrace. I will remember a player that had such a turn of pace that you just knew that something magical was going to come from him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and especially his young kids.

    I think that there should be meaningful discussion now for a way to commemorate his life whether this would be a memorial match or a competition...whatever it is his contribution to Ponty, Neath and Welsh rugby in general should not be forgotten.

  • Sad loss

    martyn lewis How can we help the family in this tragic time? Start a fund?

    • SWinks Very tragic and Gareth's loss must be very hard to bear for his family at such a young age and at the peak of his rugby career- why don't Ponty and Neath rugby clubs join together this once and hold a match against an invitation 15 to bring the supporters of both teams together to celebrate Gareth's life and his love of the game - all proceeds to go to his family.

  • Gareth Jones

    Sian Too young to die, but your memory will live on in everyone who had the pleasure of being in your company and knowing you.
    RIP Gareth x

  • RIP Snid Website Manager I had the pleasure of his company at the GTFM studios a few seasons ago - he was a larger than life character, and I got along with him famously. He would always make a point of having a quick chat whenever we saw each other from then on.

    While he had the ability to ruffle feathers (!), his tenacity and dogged spirit on the field of play was something to be admired, and his commitment and passion were a shining example.

    His loss with be profoundly felt, not only at Pontypridd and Neath, but across the wider Rugby-playing world.

    • Nelty My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Snid's family, great bloke who loved his family and his rugby. Got to know Snid during his time at Ponty, he was a wonderful person and even volunteered his time for the kids.

      He presented my own son with a trophy at our annual presentation night a season or so ago, great guy who would do anything for anyone!

      Goodbye Snid, you will be missed greatly by everyone who ever met you...

    • trevor ull be missed by the whole of glyncoch and surrounding areas. you always had a smile snid. rest in peace we will all miss you/

      • big trev very tragic end to a young live. you will not be forgotten in the whole of wales. glyncoch will be missing sumthing thou and that is snid the one and only LEGEND.... rest in peace and god bless.

      • jay snid you are a legend! u will be missed by everyone who knew u and will always be remembered. rest in peace! x

      • celticponty he gave his all every time he pulled on the ponty jersey. a terrible tragedy for all that knew him. rest in peace Snid you will always be remembered.

        • Kate I have follwed this story on BBC website. So sad. Thoughts to you all at the club and his wife and family.

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