Wales sweat on Ryan Jones' fitness
March 11, 2013
Ryan Jones receives treatment on his shoulder injury © Getty Images
Wales will have loose-head Gethin Jenkins available for their Six Nations decider against England on Saturday.
The prop sat out their win over Scotland on Saturday but Wales face an anxious wait over Ryan Jones' injury. Jones captained Wales against France, Italy and Scotland but was forced off in the second-half of their match at Murrayfield with a shoulder injury.
Defence coach Shaun Edwards has confirmed that the back-rower will undergo a scan on Monday to determine the severity of his injury but they will have Jenkins to call upon for the match against England.
Bath's Paul James started against Scotland and Jenkins will hope to take back his spot in the team having got the nod for their first three matches. "Gethin is back in training and Ryan is having a scan now," Edwards said. "We will have a look at Gethin throughout the week and up his training as it goes along.
"With Ryan, we will have to wait and see what the results say. At this point, I have no idea if he will be fit to play."
And Edwards believes that all the pressure is on Stuart Lancaster's men. Wales will be seeking to pick up their second championship in as many years having completed the clean sweep last season and Edwards claims that the experience Wales have had in recent times of playing in big matches should put them in good stead for Saturday's match.
"The pressure is on them because they haven't won a Grand Slam for 10 years," Edwards said. "It is great that we will have a good end to the Six Nations. We have experience of Grand Slam games and a World Cup semi-final so hopefully that will work in our favour."
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