Jones signs for Harlequins

Date published: March 26 2015

Harlequins have announced the signing of British and Irish Lions prop Adam Jones, who will join from Cardiff Blues at the end of the 2014/15 season.

The 34-year-old began his career in 1998 at Neath before moving to Ospreys when the region formed in 2003. During his eleven years with the Ospreys, he made over 150 appearances, winning the Celtic League on four occasions.

Jones is one of the most recognisable front-row forwards in the game and was awarded the first of his 95 Welsh caps in 2003, against England. Winning four Six Nations titles, the Abercrave-born tighthead has competed in the last three World Cups and toured with the Lions on two occasions, in 2009 and 2013.

"We are absolutely delighted to have secured Adam's services. Not only is it apparent that Adam wants to keep going for some time to come, but the work he will do in supporting and pushing our young tightheads Kyle Sinckler, Will Collier and Matt Shields will benefit us for years to come," said Harlequins director of rugby, Conor O'Shea.

"He is a world class prop and we cannot wait to get him involved. I am sure he will become an instant hit with our supporters."

Jones, who retired from international rugby in January of this year, will arrive next season with an enviable wealth of experience and will be a valuable asset to both Harlequins and the Aviva Premiership.

"I'm really excited about this new challenge. I have enjoyed my year with the Blues and I'm thankful to The Board and Mark Hammett for giving me a go," said the prop.

"Contrary to media reports in Wales, I have had options here, but Harlequins is an ambitious and progressive club with good values. Everyone who is there, or who has been there, loves it and having spoken to both Conor O’Shea and John Kingston I was even more impressed."