Six Nations - Jones: Wales can defend Six Nations title

17 December 2012
Six Nations - Jones: Wales can defend Six Nations title
Wales' Adam Jones (PA)

Tighthead Jones, 31, made a welcome return from two months out with a knee injury in the Ospreys' 17-6 Heineken Cup win over Toulouse on Saturday, providing Welsh rugby with a major boost after a miserable autumn.

"It was tough to miss the autumn series because you know what it's like in camp - the build-up is always exciting," said Jones. "It was probably a good series to miss, the way it turned out, but I don't think we've turned into a poor team overnight. There's a lot of talent in the squad - if we can get everyone fit, we can give anyone in the Six Nations a run for their money."

He added: "A lot has been made about Warren Gatland being away on Lions duty, but the coaches there are fantastic anyway.

"Of course Gats is a big influence, but I don't see why we can't retain our title. It's obviously going to be difficult, but I don't see why not."

Jones was absent as Wales suffered an autumn series whitewash which dropped them into the third tier of the world rankings and a fiendishly difficult 2015 World Cup pool including Australia and hosts England.

And prior to the Ospreys' stunning triumph over four-time European kings Toulouse, the regions had managed just one win from nine Heineken Cup games collectively.

Wales have also been hit heavily by injuries and Dan Lydiate, Rhys Priestland, Alun Wyn Jones and Aaron Jarvis will all miss at least part of the Six Nations.

The likes of Ian Evans, Jamie Roberts, Aaron Shingler and Leigh Halfpenny will also need to prove their fitness before the February meeting with Ireland in Cardiff.

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