Six Nations: Ryan Jones prizes equalling Wales captaincy record

Ryan Jones has won 60 caps for Wales and captained his country 28 times
Ryan Jones has won 60 caps for Wales and captained his country 28 times

Ryan Jones said it was a special moment after leading Wales for the 28th time in Sunday's Six Nations game to equal Ieuan Evans' captaincy record.

The withdrawal of Sam Warburton through injury just before kick-off saw Jones handed the armband and he marshalled his side to a 27-13 win over Scotland.

"Today was a wonderful occasion, both for myself and my family," Jones said.

"Equalling Ieuan Evans' record is something we'll treasure and something we'll look back on in years to come."

Wing great Evans led Wales with distinction between 1991 and '95, while Jones first took charge of his country at the start of the 2008 Six Nations against England.

Jones, winning his 60th cap, started at lock against Scotland on Sunday rather than in his more familiar back-row place because Bradley Davies was banned, while Luke Charteris and Alun Wyn Jones were not available after injury.

Wales coach Warren Gatland was forced into a further reshuffle when Cardiff Blues open-side Warburton failed to recover from the dead leg suffered in last week's win in Ireland.

That saw Aaron Shingler parachuted into the No 7 shirt for his Test debut and the Scarlets back-row impressed Jones after being thrown in at the deep end.

"I take my hat off to the boys like Aaron Shingler who's come in, [hooker] Ken Owens was superb when he came on," added the 30-year-old Jones.

"These guys were fantastic and it's on the back of performances like theirs that we're able to get victories on occasions like this and keep the dream alive.

"Performance is great but it's a results-based competition and we've just got to keep those [wins] coming in.

"There were patches where we were excellent, patches where we weren't so excellent and patches where we were indifferent too.

"We'll go and pick through the bones of it like we always do. Post-game, whether you win, lose or draw you treat it the same, because you get highs and lows and you've just got to keep calm."

Next up is a trip to Twickenham against an England side that is also undefeated in this year's championship after wins over Scotland and Italy.

"It's somewhere that the fans love to go and the players alike. It's going to be a hell of an occasion and we've just got to make sure we look after ourselves in the next fortnight," Jones said.

"It is nice that you go into 'down' weeks on the back of two victories - expectation is always massive in Wales - but for the boys involved it just allows you to relax a little and focus on the challenge in hand."

A win for Wales at Twickenham would secure the Triple Crown and keep them on course for a third Grand Slam in eight years.

But Jones is concentrating on making sure he is fit to face England after picking up a bang on his knee, while wing George North (ankle) and hooker Huw Bennett (calf) are also new injury concerns.

"I'm struggling a little bit, I had a bang pretty early on and it got to the point where I was just hobbling round, I wasn't contributing a lot in the end," Jones said.

"I'm fortunate that it's a non-rugby weekend this weekend, time's on my side so we'll see how we come."