Stephen Jones - Team Manager
Born and raised in the Wrexham area, Stephen suffers from a number of disabilities including Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and partial deafness. Prior to getting involved in Wheelchair Rugby League, he started out playing rugby union whilst serving in the RAF as a chef.
His Rugby League involvement started in 2010 at aged 44 when he became chairman and one of the coaches at the newly reformed Wrexham Bradley Raiders. Stephen was first introduced to Wheelchair Rugby League when he attended the 2013 launch of North Wales Crusaders where he later signed on as one of their players, alongside his son, Harry Jones. Stephen went on to make a large number of appearances for the North Wales outfit before making history in 2019 where he became the only player to feature in games number 1, 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 for the team.
In 2014, he started to transition into an off-court role as he was appointed assistant coach of North Wales and was later put as head coach in 2017. He was appointed the Wales assistant coach in 2014 ahead of the Four Nations campaign and in 2016, following the retirement of then head coach, Alana Sargeant, Stephen was appointed head coach and went on to guide the team to five successive Celtic Cup wins and to the 2017 World Cup.
In 2020, he won the first UK Wheelchair Rugby League Coach of the Year Award after leading Crusaders to a creditable third in the Wheelchair Super League, only behind Grand Finalists Leeds Rhinos and Halifax, plus leading Wales to their fourth Celtic Cup. and ran England close in an autumn Tri-Nations. He coached Crusaders to winning the Middle 5s trophy win in 2022 before coaching Wales for the final time in that year's World Cup.
By 2023, he was appointed as head of Wheelchair Rugby League in Wales and passed the head coach baton onto Alan Caron. He remained in the international set-up as team manager.