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Wales name team early

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 2 Jun 2008 at 06:11
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Llanelli Scarlets flank Dafydd Jones has been recalled to the Wales team that will face the Springboks in the first of two Tests in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The 28-year-old’s inclusion will not only earn him his 30th cap from openside flank, but also ensure there are six Joneses in the starting line-up – 40 percent of a team that is captained by Ryan Jones at No.8.

Rugby 365 reports Head coach Warren Gatland has named Dafydd Jones alongside Ryan Jones and Jonathan Thomas in the back row.

The coach decided to name the team early to ensure a full week of preparation for the match squad at their Cape Town training base.

The Cardiff Blues fullback Jamie Roberts is handed his second cap for Wales after winning the race to replace the injured Lee Byrne in the No.15 jersey.

The front five to take on the World Champions will be the familiar Grand Slam line-up of Gethin Jenkins, Matthew Rees, Adam Jones, Ian Gough and Alun-Wyn Jones.

There is a new look to the halfback pairing with Gareth Cooper (at No.9) partnering Stephen Jones (No.10), which means Warren Fury and James Hook feature in the match day 22 as replacements.

Wales complete the backline with Mark Jones, Tom Shanklin, Sonny Parker and Shane Williams.

With the positional flexibility offered by Hook and Roberts Wales have named specialist fullback Morgan Stoddart as bench cover.

In the forwards Gareth Delve, Ian Evans, Richard Hibbard and Duncan Jones complete the replacements.

Gatland, who said that “training has been going exceptionally well”, decided to name the team early to give his team the longest possible preparation time with the starting side before Saturday’s showdown.

“I have named Dafydd Jones at No.7 and this is a great opportunity for him to deliver for Wales again,” Gatland added.

“With Jonathan Thomas at No.6, we have two flanks with pace and genuine footballing skills.

“At fullback Jamie Roberts is big, strong and fast enough to counter the attacking force the World Champions will aim at us.

“We are lucky to have two players of the calibre of Stephen Jones and James Hook competing for the No.10 jersey and I am very comfortable with the balance of our back line going into this game.

“We know the size of the challenge we face because we are playing the World Champions on their home turf where Wales have never been able to achieve a victory.

“This is an important tour for this squad and we are determined to leave South Africa having earned the respect of the Springboks.

“It is very important for us to test ourselves against the best sides in the world and these two games will show us precisely where we are on our journey to improve.”

Wales: 15 Jamie Roberts, 14 Mark Jones, 13 Tom Shanklin, 12 Sonny Parker, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Gareth Cooper, 8 Ryan Jones (captain), 7 Dafydd Jones, 6 Jonathan Thomas, 5 Alun-Wyn Jones, 4 Ian Gough, 3 Gethin Jenkins, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Adam Jones
Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Duncan Jones, 18 Ian Evans, 19 Gareth Delve, 20 Warren Fury, 21 James Hook, 22 Morgan Stoddard


  • 7 Jones’ in the team. 😯

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.06.08 06:13:15 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : And that’s nowhere near the record either! 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.06.08 07:43:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • This is going to confuse the commentators no end!What is the record for Jones’or any other frequently used surname in a team?

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.06.08 08:50:24 by markm Reply

  • @markm (Comment 3) : pretty sure the Welsh have had 8 or 9 in their squad before.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.06.08 09:03:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @markm (Comment 3) : i wonder if Bladen is going to do this game

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.06.08 09:12:44 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 5) : at least “Jones” is the sort of name he can pronounce even when pissed 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.06.08 09:18:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Even Brosnihan can’t get it wrong! 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.06.08 09:21:37 by markm Reply

  • @markm (Comment 7) : I am truly amazed that SuperSport have managed to uneartht a commentator that, even when dead sober, manages to be so much worse than the worst shit-faced nonsense that Blayden comes up with. The mind actually boggles.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.06.08 09:29:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • He must have been cheap or the drinks are free!How can an ex-Shark make his name Totti like that? Just now they will think we are all like that.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.06.08 09:34:37 by markm Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : The South African “Murray Mexted” perhaps… 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.06.08 09:54:36 by Charlie Reply

  • Only one of the Saffa’s in the side for the Welsh…

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.06.08 09:55:58 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • I dig Blayden’s commentary…

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.06.08 09:58:18 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Why do we need commentators? With the ref having a mic these days, they basically do the commentary themselves.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.06.08 10:38:06 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • Hugh’s excited voice is South African test rugby on TV…

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.06.08 10:52:45 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • At least Brosnihan tries to put a bit of excitement into his commentary, he is better then many other local commentators and I think he may develop into a really good commentator.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.06.08 14:51:38 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • With so many Jones’ in the side, at least Balden’s chances of getting the players name completely wrong are greatly diminished. 😳

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.06.08 15:00:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Question for the rugby historians and researchers out there….has there ever been a Welsh national rugby team without a Jones in it?

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.06.08 15:09:51 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Hey guys,

    I’ve done a little bit of research on the Jones’s factor of the Welsh team. I have posted details of each of the players in my blog here: http://testrugby.blogspot.com/2008/06/where-is-dafydd-jones.html

    Believe it or not, there is still one missing in testrugby.com squads.


  • Comment 18, posted at 03.06.08 16:18:46 by Barag Reply


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