Thursday 25 December 2014

Alun Wyn Jones on likely hostility at the Aviva: 'It's not Syria'

Published 04/02/2014 | 19:50

File photo dated 09/11/2013 of Wales' Alun Wyn Jones. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday January 28, 2014. Alun-Wyn Jones will captain Wales in their RBS Six Nations opener against Italy on Saturday, with Sam Warburton among the replacements, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced. See PA story RUGBYU Wales. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
Wales' Alun Wyn Jones

Welsh vice-captain Alun Wyn Jones has played down speculation that they are in for a hostile Aviva Stadium reception on Saturday.

The 28-year-old was responding to questioning today on whether Warren Gatland's decision to omit Brian O'Driscoll from the final Lions test last year would fire up the Dublin crowd.

"We're not in Syria, so I don't think it's as hostile as you like to make out," he said.

"Everybody keeps talking about spice and all this sort of stuff but we'll wait until Saturday to see if there is any there.

"That's for you guys (the journalists) to build up.

"As players it's there whether it's after a Lions tour or not."

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