Six Nations Rugby: Warren Gatland won't beg Adam Jones to reconsider
Wales boss Warren Gatland says he will not be "going on bended knees" to celebrated prop Adam Jones following his retirement from Test rugby.
Jones (right), who won 95 Wales caps, made his surprise announcement earlier this season.
Wales are without current first-choice props Gethin Jenkins and Samson Lee through injury for their final RBS Six Nations game against Italy in Rome on Saturday.
Rob Evans and Aaron Jarvis will start in Rome, with Rhys Gill and Scott Andrews providing prop cover on the bench.
Many pundits, though, believe 34-year-old Jones could still do a job for Wales, especially in a World Cup year.
"I was surprised at the timing of his retirement," Gatland said.
"If he has changed his mind and wants to get on the phone, that is a different conversation.
"At the moment, I will not be going on bended knees ringing him saying, 'please come back we really desperately need you'.
"The players we have got have potential. We need to continue to build more depth."