Jason Morris, (shown on the right above) a Rhigos boy born and bred, Toolmaker by trade and a Magor team member man and boy. Jason is well known to many for his leadership from the front, along with long term colleague Karl Davies, of the busy Magor shop floor and has been applauded as the driving force behind Magor’s Apprenticeship programme. Having recently celebrated a significant birthday, doting Dad to two energetic under-fives and happily settled in a family home he built himself – can there be time for anything else?
Yes there is – after hours Jason swaps one set of challenges and responsibilities for another – he is rapidly progressing through the ranks of the Welsh Rugby Union Referees – hopeful of being promoted to the Welsh Championship referring pool for next season.
“Rugby has always been part of my life” says Jason. “ I have been part of Rhigos Rugby Club since a toddler”. Jason played at Aberdare School before earning a reputation at Rhigos as a tidy and feisty fly half and Club Captain. “ I loved playing, it was huge part of my life with lots of great experiences and life-long friendships made – looking back I now appreciate the real foundations it gave me to help develop my career at Magor”.
“Being successful both at work and on the pitch requires a clear head, supporting others to be successful, understanding the abilities and personalities in the team, being fit and skilled enough to deal with the task in hand and having a clear game plan for what needs done” (EDITORS Note: Jason’s Workshop T Card system is becoming legendary within Magor – customers are welcome to inspect it at any time!)
“When I stopped playing – I felt very strongly I didn’t want to lose touch with the game, it had given me a great deal – how could I put something back?”
“I started reffing the odd game at the club about six years ago and enjoyed it”, says Jason. “Then 3 years ago I took the plunge and applied for the Welsh Rugby Union List. The development support has been awesome – technical training, fitness coaching, continual feedback and I have been assigned a development mentor.” The commitment has paid off and Jason has been promoted every season. “I have had some great opportunities – recently getting to run the line at a Junior International between England and Scotland U18’s. I have just been told that I have succeeded in being promoted to the new Welsh National Referring Panel, so next season I will be in the Championship pool, running the line in Premiership Games too.”
“I hope my referring career can continue to develop – I think every ref has a hidden ambition to be the next Nigel Owens” Jason jokes. “I have been able to develop this opportunity due to a great deal of support and encouragement from my wife Maria, our family and friends and the Magor team at all levels. Work and play – surprising what it takes is so similar – just a different shirt!!”