Jones eyes Lions and 2015

Wales prop Adam Jones is targetting next year's Lions tour of Australia before retiring from rugby after the 2015 World Cup. [more]

Jones eyes Lions and 2015

Wales prop Adam Jones is targetting next year’s Lions tour of Australia before retiring from rugby after the 2015 World Cup.

Jones played a starring role in the 2009 tour of South Africa and after helping Wales to a third Six Nations Grand Slam in eight seasons has no intention of hanging up his illustrious boots.

The Ospreys prop is determined to secure a place in the Lions squad to go 'Down Under' in 2013, before bowing out of the international arena following the World Cup two years later.

"I can't see me retiring just yet – I'd like to make the next World Cup," said Jones.

"But if I don't I'll [still] be pretty happy."

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Jones, and fellow former tourists Gethin Jenkins and Ryan Jones, played a part in all three of the Dragons' recent Slams – equalling the achievements of 1970s Wales and Lions greats Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams and Gerald Davies.

"It's good to be in there with elite company, so until someone else joins us, we'll take it, I think," said Jones.

But the fierce scrummager, entering the twilight of his career, admits Wales have been rejuvenated by the influx of young talent such a 2013 Lions contenders Sam Warburton, Dan Lydiate, George North and Alex Cuthbert.

"They [the younger boys] were more relaxed than me, they were fantastic," added Jones.

"Nothing seems to faze them, which is pretty good when you're that age.

"They are all awesome rugby players, it's as if they were out on the park in a Saturday afternoon playing for the youth team.

"They're that good and that laid back. Touch wood, we'll carry on now."
 

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