Adam Jones calls for action over Warburton stalemate
August 22, 2014
Adam Jones says it will not be enough for Sam Warburton to train on his own © Getty Images
Adam Jones has called for action from Welsh rugby officials to allow Sam Warburton to appear for his region.
The row between the WRU and the four professional regions is preventing Wales captain Warburton from appearing for Cardiff Blues. The flanker, who is signed to a central contract with the WRU, was not part of the Cardiff team that lost 17-24 to Exeter Chiefs in a pre-season friendly last week and the regions have refused to let him play until a new participation agreement is reached.
On Tuesday, Jones brought an end to one of the longest transfer sagas of the summer by joining Cardiff from rivals Ospreys. The prop has now spoken out against the stalemate which could prevent Warburton appearing alongside him.
"As much as you can train, it's the 80 minutes on Saturday that is the important thing," Jones said. "If [Warburton] isn't getting that, someone seriously needs to do something.
"If you've got the national captain not being able to play rugby, it's a strange one. It doesn't happen in many places, but this type of thing generally does tend to happen here. I hope for the sake of Sam... I hope it gets done as soon as possible."
The four Welsh regions - Cardiff, Ospreys, Newport Gwent Dragons and Scarlets - are partly funded by the WRU. In return, they agree to release players for Wales duty outside official IRB Test windows.
Central contracts were not covered in the previous agreement, which expired in June. The WRU wants to sign more key players to such contracts to prevent them moving abroad, but the regions have called for more money as part of any new deal.
Jones' future was the subject of much speculation over the summer, with the 33-year-old linked to Bristol, Saracens and French champions Toulon. He was forced to train with local club Neath before his Cardiff deal was finalised.
"I was going to sign for the Ospreys once this thing got done but there's only so long I could hang on," Jones added. "I had a few offers in France but they didn't suit me but this one did so I had to take it."
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