Who will captain Wales?

Date published: March 13 2013

Assistant coach Robin McBryde says the Welsh captaincy is “up for discussion” ahead of the Six Nations decider against England.

According to assistant coach Robin McBryde, the Welsh captaincy is “up for discussion” ahead of Saturday's Six Nations title decider against England in Cardiff.

Ryan Jones, who led Wales to victory over Scotland last weekend, has been ruled out with a shoulder injury and although Sam Warburton is widely viewed as the obvious choice to regain the captaincy, it is understood that British and Irish Lions lock Alun-Wyn Jones is being considered for the role.

It has been suggested that Wales boss Rob Howley might name a third different captain of the campaign with prop Gethin Jenkins also in the mix if he is recalled instead of Paul James.

Warburton, who captained the side in the disastrous opening loss to Ireland, was Man of the Match at Murrayfield as the 24-year-old was allowed to concentrate solely on his own performance.

Asked about the captaincy, McBryde did not give a clear indication of who would lead the team this weekend.

“That will be up for discussion,” said McBryde.

“There are quite a few sore bodies at this stage after Saturday, and we are not under any pressure to make any decisions at the moment.

“We will take our time and make sure the decisions are right in order to get things spot-on for Saturday.

“We are in a good place. Those decisions will come on Thursday.”

Alun-Wyn Jones has only led Wales once before – against Italy in Rome in 2009 – but he is a natural leader and in excellent form.

Wales will name their team on Thursday with Justin Tipuric set to replace Jones in the Welsh back row.

As for the front row, McBryde said the staff had yet to decide between Jenkins, who has returned to training as he recovers from a calf muscle problem that sidelined him for the Scotland game, and James.

“We will be weighing up our options – the strengths of both players,” said McBryde.

“We are on the back of two very strong scrummaging performances against Italy and Scotland, where both players have figured.

“As a forwards coach, I am as fed up as everyone else with regards to the number of reset scrums going on,” he added.

“Hopefully, we will see a good contested area at the scrum and it will be a good spectacle for the spectators.

“All I can say is that we are very proud of the way we have gone about things. We have addressed the issues we had at the start of the campaign, and reaped the benefits in the last two games.

“England have a quality front-row and strength in depth. It is not going to be easy, and we will have to be at our best.”