Jones and Hibbard get Wales call
February 20, 2012
Alun Wyn Jones is in line for an international return against England this weekend © Getty Images
Wales have called up Ospreys forwards Alun Wyn Jones and Richard Hibbard to bolster their ranks ahead of Saturday's Six Nations showdown with England at Twickenam.
Lock Jones, capped 59 times by his country, came through an outing for the Ospreys against Aironi on Friday night to prove his fitness after recovering from a toe injury. The 26-year-old comes into Warren Gatland's squad as a replacement for Cardiff Blues second row Bradley Davies who is suspended for the rest of the championship following his tip-tackle on Ireland replacement Donnacha Ryan two weeks ago.
Hooker Hibbard, 28, comes into contention to earn his 16th cap, and has been brought in as cover for club-mate Huw Bennett and Scarlets' Matthew Rees who are battling to recover from calf strains.
Jones and Hibbard join the training squad, taking numbers to 38, as Wales, seeking the Triple Crown, build towards next weekend's clash.
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