Frank Keating reckons that 1,000 Joneses, especially gathered in order to produce 'the world's biggest congregation of people with the same surname', won't have been that. As follows:
Incredibly, 76 Joneses have won full rugby caps for Wales. With just over 1,000 capped Welsh players in history, that means around 7% are Joneses. So, obviously, it is more than reasonable to presume that roughly a similar 7% of the 75,000 in the stadium on Saturday [for the Wales-Australia rugby international - NG] were called Jones: that is, about 5,000 of them.Keating goes on to discuss how the Jones surname is faring, numbers-wise and Welsh rugby-wise, against such competitors as Davies, Williams, Evans, Thomas.
I thought I'd have a quick look at how the Joneses do in Test cricket. Not so well. There have been 11 of them for all Test-playing countries. The Smiths do a lot better with 28. Even the Taylors have 15. (Why the Taylors? Well, why not?) Other offers welcome.