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Jones full of praise for Healy

07th February 2014 06:56

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Respect: Adam Jones

Wales prop Adam Jones has nothing but praise for his opposite man at the scrum, Cian Healy, before Saturday's game against Ireland.

Jones and Healy shared a room in Hong Kong when touring with the British and Irish Lions last year, before Healy's tour was cut short due to injury.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's highly anticipated clash between two contenders for this year's Six Nations title, Jones revealed that Healy was a great guy off the field as well as being one of the best in the world on it.

"I never knew the guy (beforehand), but we shared a room in Hong Kong. He is a really good bloke," said Jones.

"I've never seen someone drink so much coffee in my life - absolutely phenomenal!

"I was sad to see him get injured. We've seen how good he is. He's come back stronger and he's probably one of the best, if not the best, loosehead in the world at the moment. I will look forward to playing against him."

Jones added that despite the furore over Warren Gatland's axeing of Brian O'Driscoll for the third Lions Test being put to bed, he expected Ireland captain Paul O'Connell to raise the issue in the build-up.

"I am under no illusions how fired up they will be," added Jones.

"They've talked down the O'Driscoll-Gatland thing, but I'm quietly confident 'Paulie' [O'Connell] will have them revved up come half-past-two on Saturday. We know what to expect.

"Since we've been on tours with them (Irish players), you get to know them. There's no dislike there, but we want to beat them, obviously.

"I am sure it will be very physical, come Saturday, but I will look forward to having a pint with them afterwards.

"That is what's so good about this sport. You can knock seven bells out of each other, then shake the guy's hand and have a pint with him afterwards. There will be no hard feelings."

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