Six Nation 2015: Ex-Wales captain Ryan Jones doubts call-up chance

Ryan Jones celebrates Wales' 2012 Grand Slam win with the Six Nations trophy
Ryan Jones celebrates Wales' 2012 Grand Slam win with the Six Nations trophy

Former Wales captain Ryan Jones says he still wants to play for Wales, but does not expect another call-up.

The 75-capped back-row has won three Grand Slams and a Six Nations title, but last played for Wales in 2013.

"I would never retire from Welsh rugby or say 'no' if they ever come knocking, which I very much doubt they will," said the Bristol forward, 33.

The ex-British and Irish Lions man also hinted that he may quit playing at the end of 2015-16.

"I'd ideally like to finish with a season in the English Premiership before sailing away into the sunset," he said.

Former Ospreys captain and number eight Jones, who has captained Wales a record 33 times, played in Wales' Grand Slams in 2005,2008 and 2012.

He also featured in three games during the 2013 Six Nations as Wales won the Championship title.

Ryan Jones played at number eight for Wales in their 2011 Rugby World Cup third-place play-off defeat to Australia
Ryan Jones played at number eight for Wales in their 2011 Rugby World Cup third-place play-off defeat to Australia

But Jones, who made his Wales debut against South Africa in 2004, has not played for Warren Gatland's side since November 2013.

"I'm always available... but I'm very much comfortable with the fact that I've had my time, made my memories," said Jones.

"I still keep myself fit, try to keep myself current and competitive, so I still believe I could add value at that level."

Jones wants to help Championship leaders Bristol, who he joined last year, into the English top-flight before his contract expires at the end of next season.

"My focus really is on getting Bristol in the Premiership, or helping them be part of that," he said.

"This is a club with huge plans and it's been a fantastic breath of fresh air coming here and being a part of it."

Newport-born Jones, who played in all three Lions Tests against New Zealand in 2005, says he has no regrets about his career.

"I wouldn't swap any of it, there's been some ups and down and we have had some tough times," he said.

"But we've had an awful lot of laughs and smiles and created some wonderful, wonderful memories.

"I've made my memories and I'm going to treasure them all because no one can ever take them away now."

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