Jones: Wales won't change pattern of play for South Africa
8 May 2014 11:05am
Alun Wyn Jones captained Wales against Italy in the RBS 6 Nations
Alun Wyn Jones admits it is high time Wales won in the southern hemisphere this summer but he insists there won't be drastic style changes after a disappointing RBS 6 Nations.
Jones acted as captain as Wales got their 2014 campaign off to a fine start with a 23-15 victory over Italy but they were to finish with just two further victories and defeats to Ireland and England.
That put Wales third overall as they failed to become the first team to win three successive titles in the RBS 6 Nations era with Ireland's narrow victory in Paris seeing them pip England to the crown.
Wales' next international venture comes in the form of a tour to South Africa this summer but Jones is adamant they want be overhauling the system in the aftermath of the RBS 6 Nations.
"In 2013 everyone said we had to change after losing to Ireland but we turned it around and won the Six Nations. People are very quick to point fingers," Jones told Rugby World Magazine.
"Perhaps we need to add the kicking game and use the ball more because we have the players to do it. It's a dangerous time to change your pattern of play, 15 months out from the World Cup.
"You risk getting caught between two stools. I'm not sure about the squad being too settled. Eli [Walker] was on the cusp of getting a cap.
"Liam Williams has stepped up while at scrum-half Rhys Webb and Rhodri Williams are putting pressure on Philsy [Mike Phillips] and Rhodri Jones is putting pressure on Adam [Jones]."
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