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    30 May 2023

    Wyn Jones sets sights on World Cup comeback after being left out of the squad

    Wyn Jones Determined to Come Back Stronger After World Cup Snub

    In an unexpected turn of events, Welsh rugby player Wyn Jones was left out of Warren Gatland’s 54-man training squad for the World Cup. This came as a shock after he had been chosen by Gatland to play in his Test prop team for the British & Irish Lions two years ago.

    A New Opportunity For Improvement

    Despite this setback, Jones has vowed to use his disappointment as fuel and come back even stronger. He plans to work on his own game and considers this experience as one that will shape him into being a better player.

    The Tough Call That Led To The Snubbing Of A Veteran Player

    Gareth Thomas, Nicky Smith, Rhys Carre alongside uncapped duo Corey Domachowski and Kemsley Mathias were given preference over Wales’ 48-cap veteran who started three games during Six Nations earlier this year.

    “It was disappointing but then things like this [playing for the World XV] come up and it’s one of these experiences in rugby you’ll never forget.” -Wyn Jones

    Gatland himself admitted that it wasn’t an easy decision, but emphasized that he needed more mobility from Wales’ front five. Despite everything though, Jones seems ready to accept the challenge head-on with grace and determination!

    A Tough Season For Wyn Both On And Off-Field:

    This season has not been kind to Jones – between Scarlets’ dismal run at United Rugby Championship (URC) and troubled autumn/Six Nation campaigns with Wales – there have been very few bright spots. There were delays due to disputes between the Welsh Rugby Union and different regions, leaving players in limbo over their futures. Even now with an agreement, Cardiff, Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets face smaller squads next season with a salary cap of £5.2m that will fall to £4.5m for the following campaign.

    The disruptions off-field have indeed affected Jones’s concentration on his games – “Things have been pretty messy off the field this season,” he said candidly. “I hope there’s some stability now but if I’m honest, I’m really not sure there is. I’m seeing some big names out of contract and nothing has been offered. It’s disappointing for us other players who are watching that. You feel for them.”

    Facing The Future With Determination And Grit

    Wales fly-half Gareth Anscombe shares Jones’ opinion that players in Wales have been let down by authorities as they face a significant financial crisis.

    “I agree with what all the players are saying. It’s pretty obvious to see… Hopefully next year, things will settle out and be rectified.” – Wyn Jones

    Despite it all though, Jones still remains optimistic about his future career prospects at Scarlets – “We [Scarlets] can be competitive… we’re one of those fortunate regions where we have enough numbers. I’m pretty sure we’ll be ready to go come start date.”

    The Takeaway:

    • Jones sees World Cup snubbing as an opportunity to improve himself further;
    • Gatland explains why he had to make some difficult decisions regarding squad selection;
    • This season has seen disruptions both on-and-off field due to disputes between Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and other regions;
    • Jones remains optimistic about Scarlets’ future prospects amidst these challenges.

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