Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Jones wary of Wilkinson

Alun-Wyn Jones

Ospreys captain Alun-Wyn Jones is fully prepared for the Jonny Wilkinson factor in Saturday's Heineken Cup opener against Toulon.

The Ospreys once again find themselves in a fiendishly difficult pool after being drawn alongside Toulon, London Irish and two-time European champions Munster. And they will be greeted at Stade Felix Mayol this weekend by a Wilkinson-inspired Toulon side which has reeled off four successive Top 14 league wins.

"It is inevitable that as a fly-half and world-class player, Jonny Wilkinson is at the heart of almost everything they do," said Wales lock Jones. "He is certainly going to push their ambitions in the Heineken Cup. We accept it is going to be a tough ask and he is going to be a key man for them."

He continued: "We seem to have a bit of a reputation for being in tough groups, but that is not such a bad thing.

"Our performances have grown steadily in recent seasons and we have qualified for the knockout stages in the last three tournaments.

"It is often the case that teams who get through from the tougher and more competitive pools are the ones you see in the last four, and that is where you want to be for a shout of winning the cup.

"Hopefully it is going to be our time soon and we will get the big Heineken Cup breakthrough. Once we get to a semi-final, anything can happen."

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