Welsh prop's year over
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:51
You do whatever you need to do
Wales prop Adam Jones will miss the Six Nations champion’s' three remaining Tests this year due to injury.
The Ospreys prop injured his calf in last Saturday's 15-24 loss to the Springboks in Cardiff and has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Pumas as well as the Tests against Tonga and the Wallabies.
Centre Jonathan Davies was on Sunday also ruled out for the remainder of the year with a pectoral injury that requires surgery.
Bath loosehead Paul James, who scrummed down at tighthead following injuries to Jones and Scott Andrews at the weekend, is eager to fill the void at No.3.
"You do whatever you need to do - if it means playing on the tighthead then so be it," said James.
"I don't class myself as a tighthead but if you get an opportunity to put a Welsh jersey on, you'll stick any number on your back.
"If I'm asked to do it, I'll do it. I prefer to play loosehead, I am a loosehead, but if I can help Wales out and do a job there then I'll do it.
"The bonus of playing international rugby is if you have to swap over, you still have the likes of Alun-Wyn [Jones] and Warby [Sam Warburton] pushing behind you - that makes a massive difference."
James has been joined in the Wales squad this week by props Sampson Lee and Rhodri Jones, new arrivals who have bolstered the front row options ahead of Saturday's clash with Argentina.
Looking back on the meeting with South Africa, in which Wales trailed the Springboks by just two points at one stage in the second half, James added: "I think if anything, it was disappointing. It was a physical Test but I felt at times we were good and had the opportunity to win it. There are things to work and improve on in this week's training.
"We got back within distance, had a couple of good hits and some good carries. The crowd got behind us and you're thinking we can do this.
"We didn't quite get there but we're going in the right direction and we focus on the rest of the series now."
James' fellow front row colleague Gethin Jenkins is set to win his 100th cap against Daniel Hourcade's Pumas and the Bath man said: "It's a great achievement for Gethin and he thoroughly deserves it.
"He played well at the weekend and has had a good career for Wales. It shows he's been on top form over the years and 100 international caps is a massive achievement.
"If you look at Argentina since the new scrum laws have come in, they've been really dominant so it's going to be a big challenge up front."
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