June International Tours

No excuses from Wales on South African tour : Ryan Jones


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Wales Grand Slam-winning captain Ryan Jones insists that Wales have “drawn a line” under their recent success and are fully focused on facing world champions South Africa.

The Springboks will host Wales in Bloemfontein and Pretoria in June and Ospreys Jones has described it as “probably the world’s toughest place to play Test rugby”.

“We are going out there to win, simple as that. The boys have drawn a line under the Grand Slam a while ago. You can’t afford to dwell on these things.” he told the Press Association.

Historically Wales have not done well against the Springboks and have lost their previous six meetings against them and in total have conceded 266 points, including their all-time record 96-13 defeat at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria in 1998.

Wales preparations have been hampered with injuries and they have lost Grand Slam heroes Gavin Henson, Martyn Williams, Mike Phillips, Lee Byrne, Dwayne Peel and Huw Bennett.

But Jones, 27, refuses to rely on excuses ahead of the departure later this week for the two clashes between the world champions and Six Nations champions .

Jones said: “You won’t see any excuses from me or anyone else about who we are missing.

“It doesn’t come bigger than this. It can be very daunting, but we have to go out there and be courageous, both physically and mentally.

“It is probably the world’s toughest place to play Test rugby. We know what the challenge is and we’ve got to rise to that challenge.

“This is what makes Test rugby special. You travel away to a hostile environment, you are taken away from your comfort zone and then asked to perform to the best of your ability.

“That’s why experiences like the next two weeks are the ones you will treasure forever.”



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