Six Nations: Nigel Davies praises Wales reject Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones has won 104 Wales caps

Scarlets coach Nigel Davies has praised veteran fly-half Stephen Jones for the "superb" way he reacted in the wake of being left out of Wales' Six Nations training squad.

The 34-year-old was also omitted when Wales lost to Australia in December's post-World Cup encounter.

Record Welsh cap-holder Jones led the Scarlets in their 16-13 Heineken Cup win in Castres at the weekend.

"He was superb all week and topped it off with a great display," said Davies.

"So it says a tremendous amount about his character."

Wales' first-choice number 10 Rhys Priestland was at full-back in Castres as the Scarlets booked an Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final trip to Brive in April.

Priestland will compete against Perpignan's James Hook for the Wales fly-half spot during the Six Nations while Dan Biggar, who came into the Wales squad for the defeat by the Wallabies in December, has been left out.

Jones has made 104 Wales appearances including 50 during all 12 Six Nations campaigns since his tournament debut in 2000, scoring 467 of his Wales tally of 917 during that time.

After being left out of Wales coach Warren Gatland's plans, Jones led the Scarlets against Castres.

Davies added: "It was obviously a difficult week for him last week. But we asked him to lead the team, which he did fantastically well.

"He took that responsibility in a difficult week personally for him."

Another Scarlet, flanker Aaron Shingler, scored a long-range try and two days later was called into Wales' pre-tournament training camp in Poland.