Jones could miss start of Six Nations

Alun Wyn Jones suffered a knee injury during Wales’ Autumn Nations Cup win over Italy; Ospreys head coach Toby Booth says Jones could be out for ‘double-figures’ in terms of weeks; Wales play Ireland in Six Nations opener on February 7

Last Updated: 17/12/20 3:16pm

Alun Wyn Jones injured his knee during Wales' win over Italy earlier this month
Alun Wyn Jones injured his knee during Wales’ win over Italy earlier this month

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones faces a race against time to be fit for the start of this season’s Six Nations Championship.

The 35-year-old Ospreys lock – Test rugby’s most capped player – suffered a knee injury during Wales’ Autumn Nations Cup victory over Italy on December 5.

Ospreys head coach Toby Booth says that Jones’ absence could be “double figures” in terms of weeks from when he was injured.

Wales kick off their Six Nations campaign at home to Ireland on February 7, which is followed by a Murrayfield appointment with Scotland six days later.

Jones could miss Wales' Six Nations opener against Ireland on February 7
Jones could miss Wales’ Six Nations opener against Ireland on February 7

Speaking ahead of Ospreys’ European Challenge Cup game against Worcester on Saturday, Booth said: “We’ve spoken to the powers that be in relation to his knee.

“We think he will be double-figures weeks. If I said it to Alun, he would say: ‘I will be back in eight’. That’s the nature of the beast.

“He is probably going to be somewhere around that sort of time-frame, which is disappointing for him and obviously for us.

“If anyone is going to get back early, it will be him.”

The news is a major concern for Wales head coach Wayne Pivac, who has overseen just three victories in 10 Tests since succeeding Warren Gatland last year.

Jones joins a list of injured Wales players, with Scarlets trio Liam Williams, Johnny Williams and Ken Owens, plus Dragons back-row forward Ross Moriarty, all currently sidelined.

If Jones is ruled out of the Ireland game, Pivac has a number of options to captain the team, probably led by flanker Justin Tipuric.

Source : Sky Sports