Friday, December 11, 2009

Wales' Adam Jones and Ian Evans eye Ospreys Euro return

That would give Jones almost two months to prepare for Wales' Six Nations opener against Scotland at Millennium Stadium Cardiff after recovering from shoulder surgery.

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He said: "I've done the first bit of contact and it wasn't too bad."

But James is a loose-head specialist who was praised for his tenacity during the November Tests even if Wales' scrum was often fragile.

Jones returned to full training on Monday and on Tuesday morning expected to take part in his first scrummaging session - albeit against a machine - since being given the all-clear.

Jones said: "Two weeks now, hopefully, touch wood and back playing. I've done the first bit of contact and it wasn't too bad.

I like to take people on and run from my own line and, if England do not agree with that style of rugby, I am not their man." England may not be playing well, but their two home matches in next year's Six Nations hospitality are already sell-outs and all the hospitality for the first game, against Wales in February, have been taken. Australia and New Zealand are not so fortunate commercially and they will express their concerns about the stagnancy of the game on the field at this weekend's gathering of the International Rugby Board's general assembly in Dublin, followed by a meeting of the council.

"Training was pretty good. Obviously I'll have to step up the scrummaging and tackling, but it feels pretty good so far, so touch wood it's going to go alright."

Jones won plaudits for his performances with the Lions. He was overlooked for the first Test defeat in which England's Phil Vickery suffered at the hands of Tendai Mtawarira, nicknamed The Beast.

The Wales prop came out on top in the scrums in the second Test, but his tour ended in the second-half of another defeat after an incident that led to Springbok lock Bakkies Botha being cited and banned for two weeks.

Jones signed a new three-year Ospreys deal last month and has set his sights on returning to the Test arena with Wales and helping the star-studded Ospreys fulfil their potential.

He said: "I've just signed for three years so I just obviously want to get back in the Wales squad, have a good Six Nations, get us to qualify for Europe and win as many games as we can.

Off the back of an exhilarating and somewhat exhausting Autumn series, Rugby Unions international focus is now shifting firmly to next years RBS Six Nations. Off the back of their hard fought 15-10 win over the reigning world champions, Ireland will be more confident than ever of retaining their title and winning their third grand slam. RBS Six Nations Hospitality for all of the fixtures in this years hotly anticipated competition are currently on sale at corporatehospitalitygroup.

"Obviously I want to play in the 2011 World Cup, but nothing too far ahead yet, just get back to form, really."

Second-row Evans could also come into Wales contention if he can get some rugby under his belt.

He suffered a chest injury in October, just weeks into his comeback after 10 months out with a knee injury.

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