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May 25, 2018Chris Jones is the Guinness-London Irish Rugby Union Journalist of the Season 2017-18

Chris Jones, rugby union correspondent of BBC Radio Sport, was named as “Guinness-London Irish Rugby Union Journalist of the Season” at a ceremony in Diageo headquarters in London yesterday evening (21st May).

Jones came top in a nomination and adjudication process that involved the 12 clubs in the Aviva Premiership, Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Football Union.

The award citation praised Jones for “being really positive” and how he “reports fairly on the sport.” His weekly podcast was singled out for how it “allows players to show a bit more personality away from the standard rugby topics.”

The award, which has been presented annually for the past 15 years, recognises the contribution of rugby union broadcasters and journalists to the development of the game in this country.

Ian Robertson, the BBC Radio’s rugby correspondent who is retiring at the end of the year, received a special award for outstanding service to rugby union in a media context for his contribution to the game at club and community level in his 46 year career with the national broadcaster, including the time and energy he has invested in assisting rugby charities among them the Wooden Spoon Society.

Guinness is an official partner of London Irish in a relationship that goes back to the amateur era of the mid-1980s.