Ryan Jones returns to Wales to undergo scans ahead of autumn series
Ryan Jones said he is "bitterly disappointed" to be leaving Wales’s training camp in Spala to undergo scans on an ‘irritable shoulder’.
The former Wales captain had been part of the 35-man squad preparing for the Dove Men Series against Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia at the Olympic training village in Poland, but has been managing a shoulder problem which pre-dates his arrival.
A spokesman for WRU said: "The decision to send Jones home at this time is based on a preference for the facilities available in Wales to accommodate the necessary investigations and give the player the most optimal management plan for his injury.
"Jones remains a full member of the squad and further details of his problem and any repercussions for selection, if at all, will become apparent once the proper investigations have been undertaken."
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Jones said on Twitter today: "Bitterly bitterly disappointed to be heading home, desperate to be a part of this Autumn series! #leavingonajetplane"
The squad headed out to Eastern Europe and the dreaded cryotheraphy ‘ice chambers’ last Sunday.
"Players love what they get from going to Spala but they hate it minute-to-minute while they are there," said Wales’s interim coach Rob Howley.
"It's a unique place. You are able to give players an MOT of their bodies in terms of where they are at physically and the cryotherapy helps us to pack in more training. If we stayed at home, we could probably have eight to ten sessions in two weeks. In Spala we could probably have 25 to 30.
"It gives our preparation a huge uplift."
Wales begin their autumn campaign against Argentina at the Millennium Stadium on November 10.