Ryan Jones is in Glasgow to assist the Wales Commonwealth Games squad
Former captain Ryan Jones will act as chief cheerleader when Wales go for rugby sevens gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this week, Team Wales chef de mission Brian Davies has confirmed.
The 33-year-old second row will watch over his compatriots during their Pool C matches with Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Samoa at Ibrox Stadium on Saturday.
Jones has won three RBS 6 Nations grand slams in Welsh colours and Davies is banking on his presence, together with former Wales flanker-turned-explorer Richard Parks, giving their team the edge.
"It can be an intense and pressurised environment and having their presence amongst the team will only motivate our athletes even further," said Davies.
"They are both passionate Welshmen and with the Commonwealth Games providing the only chance for many Welsh athletes to compete for their country, they will help to instil the message that we are all one team, regardless of backgrounds and sporting disciplines."
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