Wales coach Warren Gatland has paid tribute to tighthead prop Adam Jones after he announced his retirement from international rugby.
The three-time Grand Slam champion was left out of Wales’ squad for the Six Nations, with Cardiff Blues team-mate Scott Andrews among those selected in his place, despite being only Jones’ back-up at club level.
As a result, Jones decided to call time on his Test career, having won 95 caps for Wales, and a further five for the Lions in an 11-year career.
And while Gatland’s decision to omit Jones played a large role in his decision to retire, the Kiwi praised the 33-year-old for his efforts at Test level.
“There is no doubt that Adam has played a huge part in Wales’ success,” said Gatland.
“He has three Grand Slams and a [Six Nations] Championship to his name. That is an unbelievable record.
“He made a big impact and contribution on the international stage and we all wish him well for his future career with the Cardiff Blues.”