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James 'says sorry' for outburst

Tom James
Blues coach Dai Young said Tom James has been naive

Wales legend Gerald Davies says young wing Tom James has learned a harsh lesson over the player's outburst at Warren Gatland's selection policies.

The Blues' James said his two minutes and 41 seconds of action for Wales in South Africa was "ridiculous" and a "massive disappointment".

James also declared himself better than rival Mark Jones, earning Cardiff Blues head coach Dai Young's disapproval.

Young said James had rung the WRU and Mark Jones to apologise.

Meanwhile Davies said: "Tom may be better advised keeping his own counsel in future."

Welsh Rugby Union deputy chairman Davies added: "I think in that way things will improve for him."

Davies also sympathised with James as a young player striving to cope in the international spotlight and doubted Gatland would ignore the player's claims to a Test future on the basis of his outburst.

"Tom is a young player with immense ambition who I think wants to achieve a good deal for himself and Wales" said Davies.

"Perhaps in his case a certain sense of frustration must have entered into his personality that things hadn't gone his way in South Africa.

"I can sympathise with that, but I think with a certain extent too he will have learned a lesson.

"I wouldn't like to think it would inhibit his future prospects. If he is a talented man, it is the talent that matters in the end and whether he's good enough for Wales.

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Young said: "We've made it quite clear to Tom things like that are unacceptable and as Tom has said himself he's very upset about it.

"I'm sure he won't make the same mistake again. He's rung the WRU and Mark Jones and apologised.

"He's obviously a young man just coming into the game being a bit naive and perhaps saying one or two things that he shouldn't."

James was omitted from the first Test against the Springboks and came on in the dying minutes of the second match when Wales were in an unwinnable position.

He later told the Rhymney Valley Express newspaper: "I know it was a Welsh cap but to me it was nothing. I didn't get to touch the ball.

"As soon as I went on we were defending, It was a massive disappointment, unbelievable.

"I thought it was rubbish. It was pointless going on.

"I still think I'm better than Mark Jones, who didn't stand out like Shane Williams."


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