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Lock Alun Wyn Jones feared for his Wales future

RBS SIX NATIONS - WALES v SCOTLAND
Venue: Millennium Stadium Date: Saturday, 13 February Kick-off: 1400 GMT
Coverage: Exclusively live on BBC ONE, BBC HD channel, Red Button and online, full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, live text commentary and score updates on BBC Sport website


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Jones talks emotionally after his 'silly' action

Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones has spoken publically for the first time since he was blamed by coach Warren Gatland for the 30-17 loss to England.

"I did honestly think I had jeopardised my international career," he said.

He said his trip on Dylan Hartley was a reaction rather than a decision and he was "utterly disappointed in himself".

Despite warning it could hinder his selection, Gatland has included Jones in the team to face Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday.

Jones refused to be drawn on what Gatland had said to him after the match, but said he respected the coach's honesty.

Asked if he agreed with Gatland's immediate post-match comment that the sin-binning had cost Wales the game, Jones said:

Gatland explains Wales team picks

"None of the players would leave one individual to take the loss for the whole squad... as players we are very together and I wouldn't like to think I'm arrogant enough to make that much of a difference on the field anyway."

Following his post-match criticism of Jones, where he warned he might not be selected again, Gatland said on Tuesday he felt the player would "respond positively to being selected again" after making his "very critical error".

"We treat every case individually and if that had been someone else who was a serial offender in terms of being yellow-carded regularly or giving penalties away, then the sanction might have been to drop that person... I am giving him (Jones) an opportunity to rectify what happened against England."


Wales team to face Scotland on Saturday, 13 February at the Millennium Stadium (kick-off: 1400 GMT):
Lee Byrne (Ospreys); Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues), James Hook (Ospreys), Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues), Shane Williams (Ospreys); Stephen Jones (Scarlets), Gareth Cooper (Cardiff Blues); Paul James (Ospreys), Gareth Williams (Cardiff Blues), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Jonathan Thomas (Ospreys), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Andy Powell (Cardiff Blues), Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues), Ryan Jones (Ospreys, captain).
Replacements: Huw Bennett (Ospreys), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Bradley Davies (Cardiff Blues), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Richie Rees (Cardiff Blues), Andrew Bishop (Ospreys), Tom Shanklin (Cardiff Blues).

Wales' 35-man Six Nations squad:

Backs: Gareth Cooper, Leigh Halfpenny, Tom James, Richard Rees, Jamie Roberts, Tom Shanklin (all Cardiff Blues) Dan Biggar, Andrew Bishop, Lee Byrne, James Hook, Kristian Phillips, Tom Prydie, Shane Williams (all Ospreys), Jonathan Davies, Stephen Jones, Martin Roberts (all Scarlets).

Forwards: Bradley Davies, Gethin Jenkins, Deiniol Jones, Andy Powell, Sam Warburton, Gareth Williams, Martyn Williams (all Cardiff Blues), Huw Bennett, Ian Gough, Paul James, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Ryan Jones, Jonathan Thomas (all Ospreys), Matthew Rees (Scarlets), Luke Charteris, Dan Lydiate (both Newport Gwent Dragons), Eifion Lewis-Roberts (Sale Sharks), Rhys Gill (Saracens).



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Wales rugby results archive
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