Jones ‘sobbed uncontrollably’ after axe

Date published: August 22 2015

Former Wales prop Adam Jones has revealed in his new book that he "sobbed uncontrollably" after being axed by Wales.

In an extract from his new book, 'Bomb', featured in WalesOnline, the British and Irish Lions tighthead talks about how he handled his international career coming to a sudden end.

Jones, who has now joined Harlequins, played his last Test for Wales against South Africa in 2014 with his poor performances on that tour costing him his place.

He was informed of the news that he had been axed by Welsh forwards coach Robyn McBride over the phone, before deciding to vent his frustrations to Wales head coach Warren Gatland in a letter.

“I never sent it. In fact, I never finished it. I was sobbing way before I reached the end," Jones wrote.

He wrote in the letter: “Dear Warren, What the heck are you thinking? I can’t believe you’ve dropped me. It’s an absolute joke.

“I’m clearly some kind of scapegoat for the defeat in South Africa. I admit I wasn’t at my best in the first Test, but was I really the only player to play badly?

"Was dropping me the best way to man-manage one of your most loyal and experienced players? Talk about kicking a man when he’s down.

“I wrote the letter. But I never sent it. In fact, I never finished it."

Jones' comments have unsurprisingly not gone down well with the Welsh management as they continue their preparations for the Rugby World Cup.

“Adam should be held up as an example for his international career, not remembered for comments like these from an environment he chose to retire from," a source told WalesOnline.

“It is extremely disappointing that as the squad puts the finishing touches to their World Cup preparation, the focus of the media attention and the column inches will revert to Adam and his comments.

“The squad environment is about that, the squad, not individuals. The whole backroom team throws everything behind the players to give them as much chance as possible to succeed. Senior players are empowered and encouraged to leave a legacy.

“The coaches have the toughest job you can imagine, but they have so much information at hand that decisions aren’t made on a whim.”

Jones played in 100 Test matches, including 95 for Wales and five for the Lions in a decorated international career.