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Ryan Jones reveals injury problems

Ryan Jones reveals injury problems
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Ryan Jones reveals that he was close to leaving the Wales squad with a calf injury.

Wales's Ryan Jones has revealed that injury nearly ended his chances of participating in the World Cup.

The 30-year-old, who missed the 2007 tournament because of a shoulder injury, has been struggling with a calf problem since August.

However, the back-rower played a part as the Welsh defeated Namibia 81-7 at the weekend, despite being close to leaving the squad last week.

"It has been a very emotional week for me," admitted Jones. "It was only 10 days ago that I was verging on going home on a plane. That was tough.

"Personally, it is a relief that I have played in a World Cup and I survived 80 minutes.

"I have been waiting seven years for that, it has been a long time coming."

Jones has won 54 caps for Wales.

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