World Cup defeat haunts Jones
Alun-Wyn Jones believes the memory of 14-man Wales' agonising World Cup defeat against France last autumn will never leave him.
But he also insists there is no hangover in the Wales camp ahead of Saturday's RBS 6 Nations title and Grand Slam mission. France head to the Millennium Stadium just five months after destroying Wales' World Cup dream with a 9-8 semi-final victory in Auckland.
"In all honesty, I think it is something you will never forget, the disappointment of that game," Jones said. "But if you feature in the international set-up I suppose you can chip away at the angst of losing."
France's was only achieved, though, by Les Bleus holding on for the best part of an hour after Wales captain Sam Warburton was sent off following a dangerous tackle on France wing Vincent Clerc.
Ospreys lock Jones is among 11 survivors in Wales' starting line-up this weekend from that dramatic Eden Park encounter, the only exceptions being wing Alex Cuthbert, fly-half James Hook, hooker Matthew Rees and second-row forward Ian Evans.
He added: "I am not going to say revenge, that is a bit cliched. It is a different tournament now, and a different trophy at stake.
"It has been and gone, and you can't dwell on it. I am not going to focus on the World Cup experience too much - the hangover has gone now."
Jones started three games of Wales' 2008 Grand Slam campaign, but the fact he has been involved at all this time around says everything about his recovery powers.
A toe injury that required surgery post-World Cup threatened to render the rest of his international season a write-off, but 61 times-capped Jones returned for Wales against England at Twickenham three weeks ago, and he admitted: "That England game was a bit surreal for me.
"Three months prior to it, I was coming out of hospital and not expecting to be anywhere near the squad. I didn't think I would be involved at all."