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WRU statement: Veteran Alun Wyn Jones returns to Wales training

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Alun Wyn Jones will join the Wales camp this week to continue his shoulder injury rehabilitation. Wales captain Jones is expected to miss the full Guinness Six Nations due to the shoulder problem picked up in the autumn fixtures.


But the British and Irish Lions lock’s presence will doubtless give Wayne Pivac’s squad a lift in the extended build-up to facing France on Friday, March 11. Wales sit fifth in the table after three matches, following Saturday’s 23-19 defeat by England.

Rhys Priestland has headed back to Cardiff due to injury, while Wales have released six players for regional action this weekend. “Rhys Priestland has been released back to Cardiff Rugby due to a calf injury and Alun Wyn Jones will attend camp this week to continue his rehabilitation,” read a Wales statement.

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Rhys Carre, Uilisi Halaholo, Ellis Jenkins and James Ratti will head back to Cardiff to feature this weekend, with Aaron Wainwright released to the Dragons and Gareth Davies back with the Scarlets.

Veteran skipper Jones created headlines around the rugby world last summer when he defied the odds by rejoining the Lions tour in South Africa to play in their Test series against the Springboks after he had been ruled out with a shoulder injury sustained against Japan in Edinburgh. 


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