Blues lock called into Welsh squad

Date published: February 5 2008

Cardiff Blues lock Deniol Jones has been called in to the Wales squad to provide cover for the injured Alun-Wyn Jones.

Cardiff Blues lock Deniol Jones has been called in to the Wales squad to provide cover for the injured Alun-Wyn Jones.

Jones has been in fine form for the Blues, benefiting from the impetus Paul Tito has added to the pack since arriving from New Zealand.

“Deiniol has been in good form for the Blues this season and deserves his chance,” said Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde.

“If he can recreate what he has been doing at regional level in the international environment then we will be more than happy with him.”

Ospreys lock Jones damaged a ligament in his right ankle in the 26-19 win over England at Twickenham last Saturday, which has given his namesake a chance to stake a claim.

“Alun-Wyn is going for a scan this week and he is definitely ruled for the game against Scotland. He is targeting the Italian match as a return,” said Wales Physio Mark Davies.

Fellow Osprey Jonathan Thomas is set to undergo further neurological tests following his head injury sustained in the first quarter of the Twickenham match.

“Jonathan Thomas left the field with a mild head injury but he recovered very quickly,” added Davies.

“He has been seen by a neurologist and had a scan and the news has been very positive.

“He will have a progressive series of tests before a further consultation with a neurologist.

“After that we will be able to make an informed decision on his availability.”