Planet Rugby

Jones faces fight for Welsh spot

30th January 2014 07:51

Share:

SKY_MOBILE Adam Jones Wales

Under pressure: Adam Jones

Wales boss Warren Gatland has admitted star tighthead prop Adam Jones' starting berth in the side is coming under pressure.

With the stock of the tighthead continuing to rise in world rugby since the introduction of the IRB's scrum directive in August last year, Wales boast two promising talents in Samson Lee and Rhodri Jones.

"There's some real talent coming through," Gatland told the BBC.

"I had a bit of a chat to Adam Jones this week and said... 'you're coming under some pressure from some youngsters, whether it's Rhodri or Samson [Lee], because they're snapping at your heels'.

"I think that's healthy for a squad."

Jones has, by his own admission, struggled to adapt to life under the new engagement protocols, but feels he is beginning to overcome the change.

"As a pack in the Ospreys we've struggled and I'll put my hand up on occasions where the new scrum laws have caused me a few problems," said Jones.

"I guess I play my best rugby in the Welsh jersey and fitness-wise I'm feeling good.

"I know it's going to be a tough challenge with this Italian scrum. We know they're good, guys like Castro [Martin Castrogiovanni], these type of guys, but I'm looking forward to it now."

  • International Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia vs New Zealand10:00
Saturday , November 1
USA vs New ZealandTBC
Saturday , November 8
Scotland vs ArgentinaTBC
Italy vs Samoa14:00
England vs New Zealand14:30
Wales vs Australia14:30
France vs Fiji16:45
Ireland vs South Africa17:00
Saturday , November 15
Scotland vs New ZealandTBC
England vs South Africa14:30
More International Match fixtures