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Jones plays waiting game

Wales assistant coach Rob Howley has conceded that Stephen Jones is a doubt for next Sunday's World Cup opener against South Africa.

The Scarlets fly-half has not played since pulling out during the warm-up before Wales' opening World Cup preparation game against England at Twickenham a little more than four weeks ago.

"Steve has continued to do his rehab," said Howley, of Jones' calf muscle injury. "He hasn't taken a full part in training as of yet, and hopefully he will take a full part probably tomorrow (Wednesday). At this moment, obviously there is a doubt."

He continued: "He hasn't played for a long period of time. We need to give Steve enough time to make sure he is right. We are giving him plenty of time."

Wales coach Warren Gatland is due to announce his starting line-up on Friday for a game that will put the winners in pole position to claim Pool D's top spot.

"In a World Cup it is about winning and gaining momentum," added Howley.

"All we are looking ahead at is the game on Sunday, which is so important to us.

"It's about making sure we play in the right areas. Some of our players have played against South Africa eight times over the last three or four years, including their Lions experiences in 2009.

"The players have learnt, and that is what Test match rugby is about."

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