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Six Nations: Adam Jones ready to play for Wales if he’s given the call

Adam Jones is ready to answer Wales coach Warren Gatland’s call against France on Saturday, despite playing only 20 minutes of rugby since mid-January.

Ospreys prop Jones has joined up with the Wales squad preparing for their RBS 6 Nations finale in Paris.

He has been summoned after his Ospreys colleague Craig Mitchell suffered a dislocated shoulder during the 19-13 victory over Ireland on Saturday.

And Gatland must now decide whether to hand 68 times-capped British and Irish Lion Jones a start, or switch Paul James from loosehead and call up Cardiff Blues forward John Yapp.

Jones suffered an elbow injury during the Ospreys’ Heineken Cup loss to London Irish on January 16 and has played just 20 minutes as a substitute in the Magners League since.

He said: “I have only played for 20 minutes in the last two months and I am not expecting miracles, such as dominating from the start, but if I am selected I will get on with it and not worry.

“I am confident in my ability and where I am physically, I feel comfortable.

“The players have done really well in the last three games and it has been disappointing not to be involved.

“Everyone is looking forward to Paris. France are a side who can turn it on when they want and they will want to prove everyone wrong after losing to Italy.

“Just because they lost in Rome they are not a bad side. That would be harsh on Italy, who played very well.”

Jones must wait a little longer than originally thought to discover whether or not he has made Gatland’s starting XV for Paris.

Gatland has put back tomorrow’s planned team announcement until Thursday, with forwards coach Robin McBryde claiming it was a decision based on competition for places.

McBryde said: “The team is by no means a shoe-in for the players who have been involved so far.

“We are aware there is a lot of competition for places, so it is only right and proper to give those players an opportunity to show what they can do in training.

“We are trying to be as competitive as we can right up until the last minute so we don’t rest on our laurels and take things too lightly.

“We are looking forward to having Adam back. He’s a very experienced player.

“He has obviously been out for a while injured, but he has got the grounding and the base of a thoroughbred racehorse really. It won’t take him long to get back into his stride.”

 

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