Six Nations: Jones set to join exclusive Grand Slam club

Adam Jones celebrating Wales securing the Triple Crown at Twickenham
Adam Jones celebrating Wales securing the Triple Crown at Twickenham

RBS Six Nations Championship

Venue:
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Date:
Saturday, 17 March
Kick-off:
1445 GMT
Coverage:
Watch live on BBC One, BBC One HD, Red Button and online; listen on BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio Wales; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles; watch again on BBC iPlayer

Prop Adam Jones will join a very select band of Welsh players if Wales secure a Six Nations Grand Slam against France.

With Ryan Jones and Gethin Jenkins he would become part of an exclusive club to have won three Grand Slams.

The experienced trio were in the 2005 and 2008 Grand Slam sides while Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams, and Gerald Davies achieved it in the 1970s.

But Jones is low key about the achievement, saying: "It's more for your family who grew up in the 1970s."

Edwards, Williams and Davies became Welsh legends after completing three Slams in 1971, 1976 and 1978.

"It would be brilliant to win three Grand Slams don't get me wrong, but I think is more exciting for my family," added Jones.

"My parents know the legends of the 1970s. My old man, when he sees Phil Bennett it's like David Beckham's walked in the room.

"We are not worrying too much about that. If we win three, we win three. If it happens it happens."

The Ospreys tight-head, who is set to win his 80th cap against France, admits it is becoming hard to keep the lid on the expectation in Wales after straight victories over Ireland, Scotland, England and Italy have put them top of the Six Nations table.

But the Welsh squad have tried to put themselves in their own bubble at their training base at Vale of Glamorgan Resort, trying to shut out all the talk of securing an 11th Grand Slam in their history.

"It [the expectation] will go mad now," admitted 31-year-old Jones.

"I think it's good we are in our own company staying in the hotel. We don't have to go home read the papers, watch the news that type of thing. Just chill out and then get stuck into training."

Wales will name the team to face France at 1300 GMT on Thursday, with captain Sam Warburton expected to have recovered from a knee injury to lead the side.

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