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Ryan Jones has urged Wales to be "brave and bold" when they bid for a rare victory over world champions South Africa on Saturday.

Jones could be back in Wales' match-day 22 after missing the 25-16 defeat against Australia last weekend because of calf muscle trouble. Jones, though, has put himself in the back-row selection mix, training Tuesday and Wednesday along with his fellow fit-again British and Irish Lion, full-back Lee Byrne.

"They are a world-class opposition with some big stars, and they are coming here to win," said Jones.

"We should never be underdogs at home, and we have to be brave and be bold and take some confidence from last weekend's performance.

"They have an abundance of players, and their back-row has been one of the best for years, whatever combination they've had.

"They always have three big athletes in the back-row, and they will come and be confrontational, as any South African side normally is."

Jones watched from the stands when Wales launched their autumn series four days ago. It proved a frustrating afternoon after the home forwards dominated throughout, only to see Australia run in three tries.

"The game was there for the taking," he added. "The next step is to close games like that out and win them.

"The pleasing thing is that we put ourselves in the position to do that. For huge periods of the game I thought we did very well.

"We made a few errors, and maybe tactically we were a bit naive and didn't help ourselves. It was about game management, discipline and big decisions going against us."


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