Jones faces fight for Welsh spot

30th Jan 2014, 08:13

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Under pressure: Adam Jones

Under pressure: Adam Jones

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

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."