Phil Kingsley Jones, the Welshman who managed New Zealand rugby nice Jonah Lomu, has died aged 72.
A profitable comic, Jones emigrated to New Zealand in 1983 and went on to teach with the Counties Manukau Rugby Union.
It was there he crossed paths with a teenage Lomu, dissuading him from going to rugby league and shaping the profession of arguably union’s first celebrity.
Jones’ son, Kingsley Jr, is Canada head coach and a former Wales captain.
Phil Kingsley Jones labored at Counties Manukau for 15 years from 1989-1996 and 2009-2017 in a wide range of roles, whereas he additionally coached the Tonga nationwide staff.
Jones managed Lomu – who died in November 2015 aged 40 from a uncommon kidney situation – for 10 years from 1994 till 2004.