Wales call up for Jones

  • Last Updated: February 12 2013, 11:12 GMT

Wales have called Ospreys lock Alun Wyn Jones into their squad for the remainder of the RBS 6 Nations.

Alun Wyn Jones: Called up by Wales

The 27-year-old suffered a shoulder injury during the autumn defeat to Argentina, but made his return to action for the Ospreys as a substitute in their RaboDirect PRO12 win at Ulster on Friday.

The return of Jones, who has 67 caps to his name, is a major boost for Wales, who are without second-rows Bradley Davies and Luke Charteris through injury.

A Welsh Rugby Union statement read: "Wales have called Ospreys lock Alun Wyn Jones into their 2013 RBS 6 Nations squad.

"The 27-year-old came off the bench for the Ospreys on Friday evening having recovered from a shoulder injury he picked up during Wales' autumn international campaign."

Jones' Ospreys colleague Ian Evans and Newport Gwent Dragons forward Andrew Coombs have impressed in the second row so far this campaign.

But to have the 2009 Lions tourist back on board gives interim head coach Rob Howley extra options in his pack, with Lou Reed, James King and Olly Kohn all lacking in Test experience.

Wales' next fixture is against Italy in Rome on February 23. Their 16-6 win over France in Paris last weekend ended a run of eight straight defeats for the reigning Grand Slam champions.

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