Wednesday 22 November 2017

No fear for Jones

Adam Jones
Adam Jones

Adam Jones will adopt a fearless approach when he is charged with the potential match-winning job of dismantling England's scrum.

The Wales prop might have lost two British and Irish Lions Test front-row colleagues through injury - Gethin Jenkins and Matthew Rees - but his threat to England is undiminished.

"When I started out in my career I would fear playing against certain teams, but that fear has gone and I now always back myself, whether it is for the Ospreys or Wales," said Jones.

Current form suggests Jones' battle with England loosehead Tim Payne could prove one of the great no-contests in modern Test match history.

While Wales possess a scintillating array of attacking talent - players like Shane Williams, James Hook and Lee Byrne - they cannot illuminate Twickenham unless Jones flicks the switch up front.

The scrum remains a potent attacking weapon for any team, and certainly a potential area of dominance when Wales chase a fourth successive RBS 6 Nations triumph over England.

Jones offers more than 19 stones of fearsome power - and a scrummaging technique to match - suggesting any pain he inflicts will be on English victory hopes, in addition to his opposite number.

"This is the first time in my career that I feel comfortable going into every game," said the wild-haired Jones, a star of last summer's pulsating Lions Test series against world champions South Africa.

"It is definitely something that has come from the Lions tour for me."

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