Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 2:26 PM on Saturday 2 August

/ Front page / Sport

Jones to captain Wales

Ap
Thursday, January 30, 2014

CARDIFF- Alun-Wyn Jones will captain Wales in the defending champion's Six Nations opener against Italy on Saturday.

Jones takes over the captain's duties from Sam Warburton, who will be on the replacements' bench as he returns from two months out with a shoulder injury.

Rhys Priestland has edged out Dan Biggar at fly-half, Jamie Roberts returns in midfield after missing the autumn Tests, Paul James replaces injured prop Gethin Jenkins and Luke Charteris fills the second-row vacancy left by suspended forward Ian Evans.

Evans will miss the entire Six Nations campaign after receiving a 12-match ban for stamping.

Wales can complete a hat-trick of Six Nations titles by March.

"We started slowly last year and know we need to be ready from the off," coach Warren Gatland said on Tuesday.

"Italy started last year's tournament with a win over France, so they will be ready on Saturday and we need to start well and build confidence and momentum.

"It's a strong, experienced side, but there was a lot of discussion about the selection, which is a great position to be in as a coach. We've almost everyone fit for selection, which is pretty rare."


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Not guilty and guilty
  2. Hands off homework
  3. Concern over 'cold' delivery
  4. New party registered
  5. Record turnout
  6. Voting in advance
  7. Award for Hilton
  8. Lukaku not up to Chelsea fight
  9. Heart out of health
  10. Poll results reveal health need

Top Stories this Week

  1. Fijian woman jailed for stealing millions in NZ Sunday (27 Jul)
  2. Hero's tale Tuesday (29 Jul)
  3. 10 degrees lowest yet Monday (28 Jul)
  4. Born out in the cold Friday (01 Aug)
  5. New United formation Monday (28 Jul)
  6. Misleading phone deals Monday (28 Jul)
  7. Iliesa Delana explains Wednesday (30 Jul)
  8. PM denies claims Thursday (31 Jul)
  9. Protest over ads on cabs Thursday (31 Jul)
  10. Help for illegal Fijians Tuesday (29 Jul)