Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Rugby

Jones may have future in France

Wales prop Adam Jones has not ruled out a move to France at some stage of his career.

But it will be at least another two years before the 77 times-capped Ospreys forward decides whether or not he follows current Wales colleagues like Gethin Jenkins, Mike Phillips, James Hook and Lee Byrne down that route.

"I am not envious," said Jones. "If I had wanted to go play in France, I would have done, but we have a nine-month-old and we didn't want to uproot her. I've signed for two years (with the Ospreys), so whether I go after that we will see."

He added: "The players who have gone over there will be playing against some of the world's best players, and them going will give the kids over here a chance to play more regional rugby."

Of far more pressing concern for Jones and company is improving a Twickenham record of just one win in the last 24 years against England when the RBS 6 Nations title rivals clash on Saturday.

Jones has tasted victory and defeat on his three previous Twickenham visits with Wales.

But he is among only three starting XV survivors from four years ago - scrum-half Phillips and lock Alun-Wyn Jones are the others - when Wales' 26-19 win sent them on their way to a Six Nations title and Grand Slam.

"As much as we are trying to calm ourselves down and keep a lid on it emotionally, this is a massive game and I'm sure the country is going to go a little bit mental," Jones said.

"When we won in 1999 at Wembley, it didn't matter that we had come fourth in the championship because we had beaten England, but I don't think we look at it that way any more.

"It's a big tournament, and England is the next step. England will be the be-all and end-all on Saturday, but I am not sure it's the same as it used to be."

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph