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Premier 15s last: Smiling Kelsey Jones hails Gloucester’s Wales influence

Premier 15s last: Smiling Kelsey Jones hails Gloucester’s Wales influence


Kelsey Jones in tears after Gloucester's victory over Bristol
Kelsey Jones was overcome with emotion after Gloucester Hartpury’s 21-12 play-off victory over Bristol Bears

Kelsey Jones has one of many greatest smiles in sport and that grin turned even larger on the weekend.

The Wales hooker scored in Gloucester Hartpury’s play-off victory over Bristol Bears, which noticed them make a primary Premier 15s last.

They may tackle final yr’s runners-up Exeter Chiefs again at Kingsholm on Saturday, 24 June.

Jones says the achievement was made much more particular by sharing it with a few of her worldwide team-mates.

“To play with my greatest mates, it is superb,” she informed BBC Sport Wales.

“I’m buzzing and smiling from ear to ear.

“And what’s fortunate for us as Welsh gamers is we take that continuity again into camp and you’ll see the development we have made.”

Whereas Bristol Bears used to boast the lion’s share of Wales internationals, there was a gradual west nation shift to Gloucester within the final couple of years.

There are presently 13 Wales gamers on the books, together with present Wales captain Hannah Jones and former captain Siwan Lillicrap.

Bethan Lewis and Lleucu George joined Jones within the beginning XV on Saturday, with Sisilia Tuipulotu and Lisa Neumann among the many replacements.

Talking after the match, Jones stated: “The very first thing I knew what to do after that 80 minutes was cry.

“The laborious work that the ladies have put on this yr, and never simply this yr, however in earlier years as effectively, you may see that we now have constructed such an excellent workforce.

“I’ve at all times stated we’ll take one recreation at a time and right here we’re, we have got to the ultimate.

“We’ll relaxation up, take care of ourselves after which we have got a giant week forward to organize.”

Lleucu George, Kelsey Jones, Sisilia Tuipulotu
Gloucester trio Lleucu George, Kelsey Jones and Sisilia Tuipulotu rejoice Wales’ Six Nations win over Italy

Finest feeling on the planet

Wales prop and Gloucester lock Tuipulotu was additionally filled with emotion on the last whistle, with a spot within the last capping an unbelievable season for the 19-year-old.

She was nominated as one of many gamers of the 2023 Girls’s Six Nations having burst on to the worldwide scene 12 months earlier.

“It is class. I’m pleased with my workforce and the efficiency they put out,” she stated.

“I’ve acquired to present it to the ladies, we now have had some new individuals within the workforce this yr, however I really feel we now have acquired nearer as a workforce and I assume that exhibits on the sphere in addition to off.”

Tuipulotu joined the gamers in signing autographs after the match and stated: “I am simply glad I get to encourage little ones.

“I had slightly lady the opposite day come as much as me and say ‘I began taking part in rugby due to you’ and that actually touched my coronary heart,” she stated.



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