Williams: Jones deserves his place among Welsh legends

Wales' most-capped forward Martyn Williams believes Scarlets veteran Stephen Jones is one of the nation's all-time greats

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Stephen Jones didn't feature for Wales in their successful Six Nations campaign this year Photo: WRU

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Martyn Williams believes Scarlets fly-half Stephen Jones has earned his place among the all-time greats of Welsh rugby ahead of his final appearance in his home country this weekend.

Jones is set to play his last match for the Scarlets on Saturday before heading to Wasps next season and could yet add to his 104 caps for Wales – the all-time national record – this summer in Australia.

Neither flanker Williams, who has 99 caps to his name, nor Jones featured in Wales’ Grand Slam winning Six Nations campaign but both could well feature against the Barbarians this summer.

And Williams believes Jones ranks up there with Welsh rugby legends such as JPR Williams and Gareth Edwards.

“He should go down as one of the legends of the Welsh game,” he said.

“He’s been unbelievable since he’s been playing [in] one of the most difficult positions anyone can in Wales, the number 10 jersey.

“To go on and become the most capped player of all time in Wales is an unbelievable feat. As he is on and off the field, he’s a great influence and an unbelievable role model for anybody.

“To play 104 games for Wales at outside-half just speaks for itself and just shows what kind of character he [Jones] is on and off the field.

“It’s a shame he’s leaving Wales and not plying his trade in Wales but I suppose it’s Wasps’ gain.

“Full credit to him, he can definitely play for another two or three seasons and I’m sure he will be a success there as well.”

© Sportsbeat 2012

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