DEVON SIGNS FOR ALBION
The first question to ask new Plymouth Albion signing Devon Jewsbury is obviously about his Christian name. Is it a name reflecting generations of the Jewsbury’s living in the county, or the romantic notion of newcomers with a dream of heading West?
“None of the above,” laughs Devon. “I was actually born in Oxford and they stole the name from family friends! My parents had been down here a few times on holiday and after I was born they decided to move down here.”
The family were sports mad and Devon took up rugby at the age of five or six after his brother, Jake, started playing. “I saw that he had new kit and boots and I was jealous,” says Devon who plays on the wing.
“We lived in Dittisham and we didn’t have sport at primary school so I played for Dartmouth until I was 11. Then we moved to Kingsbridge and I joined the club there until I was about 15. By the age of 14 I had become involved in other clubs. I played for South Devon and Devon for two years.
“I joined the Player Development Group at Exeter Chiefs and played through the age groups for teams from 15 to under 18s. I enjoyed the wide breadth of experience.”
It was Rob Gibson, Exeter Chiefs Academy Manager, who put in the phone call that resulted in Devon joining Albion for the 2017/18 season.
“Then I snapped my ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) playing for Plymouth and I was out for about 16 months while I had some reconstruction work on my knee. I’ve just played my first game back at the club.
“I just couldn’t wait to get back on the pitch,” says Devon. “I’ve never been out of the game for that length of time. All last season I was at Albion for rehab to make sure I was fit to come back. The team have been so supportive and I am so grateful.
“I’ve always been praised for my athleticism and I used to be quite fast but that has diminished with age,” says Devon, although he is still only 19. “I used to do a lot of sprinting at school and I’ve always enjoyed sport.
“I was interested in starting a business in strength and conditioning but, luckily, I also applied to uni. So when the injury came and I couldn’t start the business, I was able to take up the uni place and I’m studying strength and conditioning at Plymouth University.
“I’m just so glad to be back playing at Albion.”