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Jones calls for positive approach

Stephen Jones believes Wales should target a "high risk and high reward" approach in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Italy.

Wales, after going eight Tests without a win, rediscovered some of their renowned adventure in establishing an early 16-0 lead against Scotland last time out. They went on to win the game comfortably at Murrayfield, and a similar display this weekend should see them past their Stadio Flaminio hosts, who were beaten 59-13 by England last time out .

Fly-half Jones, who wins his 98th cap, said: "We must play our style of game and enforce ourselves on Italy. If we can do that, then I cannot see why we can't be successful. We can learn from England, who were smart in the way they played against Italy. They attacked them in good areas and had a lot of tempo and continuity in their game."

He added: "That suited the England team, and it should suit us as well.

"We have to look at the personnel in our team and decide what we are good at, which is 15-man rugby. That is the game we want to play, which tends to be high risk and high reward.

"I would like to think we are still in the Six Nations equation.

"But we are conscious Rome is a big challenge - as we have found out in the past - and if we get into an arm-wrestle, we will struggle."

Jones reclaims Wales' number 10 shirt after James Hook's switch into midfield as replacement for an injured Jonathan Davies.

And when he runs out in Rome, moving level with flanker Martyn Williams' 98-cap mark, only Gareth Thomas - the solitary Wales player to clock up 100 Tests - will be above him.

And Thomas' record is likely to fall later this year, given that Wales have three World Cup warm-up fixtures in August before heading to New Zealand and a minimum four more matches.


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