Six Nations 2014: Alun Wyn Jones & Jonathan Davies hand Wales a boost
Six Nations 2014: Alun Wyn Jones and Jonathan Davies hands Wales an injury boost ahead of England clash
Alun Wyn Jones and Jonathan Davies have handed Wales a major injury boost ahead of next week’s clash with England.
Defence coach Shaun Edwards confirmed today that the British & Irish Lions duo are both back in training with Jones certain to be in contention to retake his place in the second row at Twickenham.
He [Jonathan Davies] just needs to work on his match fitness a bit and gaining some confidence
Ospreys captain Jones was ruled out of Friday’s win over France with a foot infection which led to major swelling with young Scarlets lock Jake Ball impressing in his absence alongside Luke Charteris.
But the 28-year-old trained today and could train with the squad later this week.
“Alun Wyn trained today and we hope he will train again later in the week,” Edwards said.
Davies, has played just 40 minutes for the Scarlets in the LV=Cup since picking up a pectoral muscle injury in November against South Africa and will run out this weekend in the Scarlets’ Pro12 match against league leaders Munster.
“His fitness is excellent and he has been working incredibly hard with the conditioners,” Edwards said.
“He just needs to work on his match fitness a bit and gaining some confidence. It is that type of injury where he can have the confidence to put his shoulder into a tackle. But it would not surprise me if he got some game time this weekend.”
Davies is back with the Scarlets and head coach Simon Easterby thinks the 25-year-old is more comfortable than his aborted comeback at the start of the month.
“Jon is with us this week and looking good,” Easterby said. “It is a month since he played in that London Irish fixture and he is feeling a lot more comfortable now with his injury and is confident that he is well placed to be involved this weekend.”
If Davies fails to step up to the intensity required for the Six Nations in time for the Twickenham clash, Northampton Saints wing George North is expected to continue at centre alongside Jamie Roberts with Scarlets’ Liam Williams on the wing.
It was a combination that worked well for Wales in Friday’s 27-6 win over France with North getting the first try early in the first half and Roberts at his explosive best throughout.