Jones fitness boost

Ryan Jones has been given the all-clear by the Ospreys medical team after he limped out of Wales' second test defeat to New Zealand in Hamilton.

The Wales skipper was forced off before the half hour mark after receiving a bang to his right leg, but after reporting back for a medical check-up at the Ospreys Llandarcy base on his return to the UK, he has received positive news and will return for pre-season at the start of August along with his fellow members of the Welsh squad.

He was given a thorough once over by Ospreys physio Brian O'Leary, who then declared:

"Ryan took an impact to his right quad, suffering a haematoma. With the long flight home it stiffened up a bit as you'd expect, but there's nothing to be unduly worried about. He's had a scan to just check that there were no deeper issues such as joint damage and that confirmed that it was simply a soft tissue injury.

"He'll be in for some treatment this week and it should settle down over the course of the next 10 or 12 days, meaning he'll be able to play a full part in pre-season with the rest of the international contingent after their summer break."