Six Nations 2013: Wales captain Ryan Jones to miss England game
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Wales captain Ryan Jones has been ruled out of the Six Nations title decider against England in Cardiff on Saturday.
The back-row, who turns 32 this week, was forced off in the 48th minute at Murrayfield after injuring his shoulder in Wales' 28-18 win over Scotland.
Justin Tipuric, Andrew Coombs and Aaron Shingler are options to start in the back-row against England.
"It looks as though he [Jones] will be out for six to eight weeks," said Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde.
"He has broken a bone in his shoulder and he is now under the management of the Ospreys."
As players who have been versatile enough to play in the second and back-rows, Newport Gwent Dragon Coombs and Scarlet Shingler are like-for-like options to take over from versatile Jones at blind-side.
Cardiff Blue Warburton could also join Tipuric in a re-formed Wales break-away trio with the former starting at six.
McBryde also raised the possibility of uncapped Osprey James King - a second-row regular this season - coming into the Wales back-row alongside number eight Toby Faletau and Sam Warburton.
"You've got Aaron Shingler, James King, Andrew Coombs as well to fall back upon so we're blessed we've got quality players in the back-row," said McBryde.
Coombs, 28, was uncapped ahead of the tournament and has earned plaudits for his displays against Ireland, France and Italy, the latter game in which Alun Wyn Jones returned from injury as a replacement for the Dragon.
McBryde said of Coombs: "He's played a lot of his rugby at six.
"He's played recently a lot more at second-row, but I think he's shown enough, definitely at regional level, but at international level as well with regards to how effective he can be with ball in hand and he's got great footwork [and] good off-loading ability.
"He's very accurate at the breakdown, both in attack and defence and he's got that physicality about him as well so he could well be an option for us at six."
Warburton, whom Jones replaced as captain against France, took over as skipper against Scotland and moved to the blind-side role to accommodate Osprey Tipuric's introduction.
But former Wales flanker Martyn Williams suggested lock Alun Wyn Jones should take over as captain if Jones was not fit to face England, to take the pressure off Warburton.
The win at Murrayfield was a record fifth successive away success in the Six Nations for Wales.
That victory set up a mouth-watering clash at the Millennium Stadium on 16 March against England, who will be going for the Grand Slam after at Twickenham on Sunday.
But defending Six Nations champions Wales will retain the title if they beat England by eight points, and could do so with a seven-point win.
Wait... the points difference is 14 so how does an 8 point win help Wales? They will win with a negative points difference v England?"
Wales are playing England, so every point Wales score is a point conceded for England, so an 8 point win is a 16 point swing
If England win the GS in Wales they would have deserved it. If wales win by the 7 point margin ditto...
France for GS
Wales for WS
Ireland have a chance
Scotland and Italy??
England for GS
Italy for GS
Ireland for GS
France, Wales, Scotland for WS
England for GS?
Wales to be Champs?
Italy, France Wooden Spoon?
No matter how the rugby is played, it's always tough, exciting and ours!
Come on Wales
Good luck to all
If England win I will happily declare it a brilliant attritional game of high quality rugby played under the most extreme pressure.
If Wales win it will be a boring game ruined as a spectacle by a biased referee and a disappointing end to a very average 6N. ;-)
Oh, and the pitch will have hindered Englands open, expansive style!
Benches and strength in depth are so important in tests now, and England seem to have the edge in bench strength. Haskell, Hartley and Lawes are big assets to bring on at around 60mins.Could be key.
I have to agree! The "it's been a poor 6N" thing is usually shorthand for "my team hasn't been effortlessly brilliant throughout"
You don't have to score 50 points to make a good game and we've seen both high scoring games and low scoring games where teams have had to adapt, as they should, to the conditions.
...and a decider in the last game. What more could a fan ask for?
Certainly that is the case for all the a rugby fans I know from the other nations (many) and in fact all the true rugby fans from England and Wales .... Though naturally plenty of good quality banter incl
Let the best side on the day win and let rugby win....
i disagree. just because there have been no 50- pointers, is because since the first two weekends, every team has either been in contention for the title or for the wooden spoon. this six nations has been so unforgiving that it has made it exciting, in who will claim the title, whouldve thought scotland vs wales would matter?
Obviously he's a big loss but I'm sure us Wales fans are a little bit excited by the prospect of what Warburton and Tipuric can do together from the start :)
Same pitch, same ref, all to play for. Come what may, England's inexperienced players will learn from the experience and Wales will finish the season on an overall up with the Ireland loss a distant memory. Good luck both teams
'no, you're arrogant..'
Shut up - this is a rugby forum.
I expect Wales to win on Saturday, apart from a crazy 40 minutes vs Ireland, they have been the best side in every game and in tough game. England = overrated. Wales by 15 clear points.
Is that your date of birth
What an idiot