Cardiff Blues prop Adam Jones has set his sights on reclaiming the Welsh tighthead jersey that he lost in June to Samson Lee.
Adam Jones has set his sights on reclaiming the Welsh tighthead jersey that he lost in June to youngster Samson Lee.
The veteran prop has established himself as one of the best forwards in Welsh history, helping them to three Grand Slams, but he found himself subbed off in the first half of the first Test before being left out of the remaining games, with Lee taking his place.
Jones has since left the Ospreys to join Cardiff Blues, and now that his club situation is sorted, he is targeting a return to the Welsh starting line-up for the November Tests.
Warren Gatland’s side will start their international campaign against Australia in Cardiff, and Jones is desperate to convince the Kiwi coach and forwards coach Robin McBryde, that he is back to his best.
“I want to prove them both wrong but I understand why they did it,” he said.
“I’m working hard to do this, obviously Samson Lee is the number one now but I’d like my jersey back.
“I was a bit disappointed when Gats and Muckers subbed me, but I’d like to be a coach one day and if that is going to be the decision that’s best for the team then that’s best for the team.
“I’ve worked hard now to get where I need to be, I think I’m in a lot better place than I was going on tour.
“It’s only a year now until the World Cup and I want to be in the [November Tests], I want to be in the Six Nations, I want to be in the World Cup.”