Llewellyn: Jones can still make World Cup impact

British and Irish Lions prop Adam Jones can still make an impact in the 2015 World Cup, according to his former teammate Gareth Llewellyn. [more]

Llewellyn: Jones can still make World Cup impact

British and Irish Lions prop Adam Jones can still make an impact in the 2015 World Cup, according to his former teammate Gareth Llewellyn.

Jones suffered a disappointing time on Wales’ summer tour to South Africa, replaced after just 32 minutes in the first Test, and the front-rower has had a number of problems with the new scrummaging laws.

But Llewellyn, the former Ospreys and Wales second-row, believes Jones will recover from the experience and come back stronger in time for next year’s tournament.

“My guess is Adam will feel there's enough petrol in the tank to make it through to the World Cup,” Llewellyn told the South Wales Evening Post.

“It is well documented that the changes to the scrummaging laws haven't exactly helped him, but he is still a hugely experienced forward who has a lot to offer.

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“You can do all the training in the world, but if you are not playing you are not acquiring match-fitness and match-hardness and so there is no way you'll do yourself justice in a Test against one of the world's strongest sides.

“But I think with a few games behind him he can challenge again and be there or thereabouts for the World Cup.

“He hasn't become a bad player overnight. His problems in South Africa were down to a lack of game-time. That can be fixed.”

 

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