RUGBY UNION: Jones is welcome here, says Exiles coach

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter specialising in Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. Call me on 01865 425456

LONDON Welsh head coach Justin Burnell would welcome the chance to sign Wales and Lions prop Adam Jones.

The 100-cap Ospreys tighthead is in limbo without a club due to the dispute between the Welsh Rugby Union and their four regions.

Jones, 33, has been linked with moves to Bristol, Saracens and Sale, but Burnell is happy to add the Exiles to the prop’s list of admirers.

“I would love to have Adam on board,” he told WalesOnline.

“I genuinely believe he is one of the best tight heads in the world, if not the best.

“When somebody of his calibre becomes available, you have to be interested.”

One player Welsh have definitely signed is 26-year-old Cardiff Blues lock James Down – whose capture was announced yesterday.

Down was was spotted by Burnell as a 16-year-old while playing for his former club Llantwit Fardre in South Wales.

And now Welsh’s head coach hopes he can help Down, who was called up to the Wales squad during the 2012 autumn internationals, progress further.

“I always thought James had a huge amount of potential,” said Burnell.

“Coming through the Blues system, he played alongside the likes of Bradley Davies and Lou Reed, who have both gone on to be full internationals.

“He’s played a lot of rugby in different competitions with Cardiff Blues and he’s another fantastic addition to our squad.

“I’m really pleased to have someone of James’s calibre on board.”

Latest Sport news

MOTORSPORT: Smith storms to third in Australian GP

Oxford Mail:

2:05pm Sunday 19th October 2014

Bradley Smith rode an unforgettable race today to clinch his best ever MotoGP result and a debut podium at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix.

Who was Oxford United's man of the match against Tranmere?

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

5:56pm Saturday 18th October 2014

Oxford Utd 2 (Barnett 28, Potter 73), Tranmere Rov 0

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

4:57pm Saturday 18th October 2014

OXFORD United climbed out of the bottom two as goals from Tyrone Barnett and Alfie Potter gave them a crucial win against rock bottom Tranmere Rovers.

Oxford Utd v Tranmere Rov - updates

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

1:59pm Saturday 18th October 2014

All the news from Oxford United's bottom two clash at home to Tranmere Rovers.

Oxford United legend John Aldridge sad to see former sides propping up table

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 18th October 2014

JOHN Aldridge says he will have divided loyalties when Oxford United and Tranmere Rovers meet this afternoon, but the former striker – a legend at both clubs – is desperate to see them climb away from trouble.

SNOOKER: Butcher squeezes Witney home

8:20am Saturday 18th October 2014

WITNEY D progressed into the next round of the Gentworks Oxford & District League’s Colin Cutler Memorial Trophy by the skin of their teeth.

BIATHLON: All-rounder Lottie fastest in the pool and on the track

8:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

Lottie James won the girls’ under 11 title at the Abingdon Vale Schools Biathlon trials held at Abingdon School Sports Centre and Tilsley Park.

GYMNASTICS: Abingdon youngsters land places in nationals

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

Abingdon Vale's Lexie-Mae Neal and Lilli-Mae Snuggs secured places in the national finals after superb displays in the regional finals at Milton Keynes.

SWIMMING: Whitbread the toast as City come a super second

Oxford Mail: Abingdon Vale’s ONB junior champion David Murphy

8:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

City of Oxford were beaten only by reigning champions Guildford City A when they competed in the first round of the Premier Division South contest at Tunbridge Wells.

ANGLING: Wickens wins league warm-up by a clear water

8:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

Martin Wickens won the practice match for the second round of the Oxford Winter League with a weight of 16lb 11oz to beat off competition from 37 rivals on the Channel and Folly sections of the Thames.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree