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Jones hails 'constructed' success

Triple Grand Slam winner Ryan Jones believes Wales have shown they can deal with the tag of favourites by claiming their latest RBS 6 Nations clean sweep.

The previous title successes, in 2005 and 2008, were both major surprises as Wales were not considered among the leading contenders when those tournaments started. But on this occasion Wales were seen by many as potential winners following their sensational run to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Welsh sides have historically found it difficult to carry the tag of favourites, but Jones said: "Only time will tell if this side can go on and have sustained success, but this was a different campaign to previous ones, this feels like a more constructed Six Nations win."

He added: "We came in arguably as favourites, or at least as strong contenders, and we were able to convert that and sustain some form.

"We had the rub of the green at times, a few bounces of the ball went our way, but that's sport and we managed to convert those into points and claim the five wins."

Being a three-time Grand Slam winner puts Jones in the esteemed company of 1970's greats Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams and Gerald Davies, and he admits that he has yet to grasp just what the achievement means as he prepares to return to regional action.

He said: "It was very special, but it hasn't sunk in yet and I don't think it will for a long, long time yet.

"It's something you can only reflect on in years to come when you have opportunity to do so, so I think it will be a few more years yet.

"I had a few drinks to celebrate on Saturday night but it was pretty quiet after that.

"I caught up with some family and friends on Sunday to share it with them, and then on Monday we were down at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff Bay and now it is back down to it at the Ospreys."

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