Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Six Nations: Fear factor gone for fired-up Jones

Adam Jones will adopt a fearless approach when he is charged with the potential match-winning job of dismantling England's scrum today.

Jones offers more than 19 stones of fearsome power suggesting any pain he inflicts will be on English victory hopes, in addition to his opposite number Tim Payne.

“This is the first time in my career that I feel comfortable going into every game,” said Jones.

“It is something that has come from the Lions tour for me. When I started out in my career I would fear playing against certain teams, but that fear has gone and I now always back myself.”

Jones, though, has been around long enough to realise that no front row opponent rolls over.

“England have picked a big old pack, so we know it is going to be tough. If you underestimate any opponent, then you are going to struggle. On Saturday, we are talking about an England front row that has a Lions loosehead prop (Payne), the captain of a Guinness Premiership team (Dylan Hartley) and the best scrummaging tighthead in England (David Wilson).

“I can't see how that is going to be anything other than hard.”