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Jones wants Tipuric to replace him

14th March 2013 08:17


Ryan Jones injured Wales Scotland SN 2013

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Injured Wales back-rower expects Wales to select Justin Tipuric as his replacement for Saturday's clash with England in Cardiff.

Wales forwards coach Robert McBryde has said that second rower Andrew Coombs could come into the starting XV as a blindside flanker for the Six Nations title decider.

But Jones, who is sidelined with a broken bone in his shoulder, believes bringing in Tipuric to play alongside Wales captain, and fellow openside flanker, Sam Warburton would be the better option.

"I have a sneaky suspicion they may both play but they find out on Thursday," Jones told the BBC.

"Like everybody else, I will be on the edge of my seat to see what XV is picked."

Jones, who captained Wales to victory over France when Warburton was injured, is excited about the prospect of having the two openside flankers playing together.

"You have two world class sevens there," he said.

"I think if we were any other nation in the world we would celebrate the fact that we have.

"Sometimes we create competition and an issue that isn't there. They are both world class sevens.

"I have played with Justin for years and he is one of the most wonderfully gifted rugby players have ever played with.

"Sam is a world class combative and is also a good captain and leader and it's players like him that this weekend requires."

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