Ryan Jones ruled out of Wales-England Six Nations showdown
FLANKER Ryan Jones has been ruled out of Saturday's Wales v England RBS Six Nations showdown at the Millennium Stadium.
The Ospreys back-rower, who has skippered Wales in their last three matches, will be out of action for six to eight weeks after scans revealed a broken bone in his shoulder.
Jones suffered the injury in the second half of Wales's 28-18 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday and was replaced by his Ospreys colleague Justin Tipuric.
Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde revealed the extent of Jones's injury at a press conference at the Vale of Glamorgan today, with Sam Warburton, who led Wales to the Grand Slam last season, favourite to regain leadership duties against England.
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McBryde said: "Ryan is not going to be available. He has broken a bone in his shoulder and he is now under the management of the Ospreys.
"It looks as though he will be out for six to eight weeks."
As well as the captaincy issue, Wales interim coach Rob Howley must also decide on the balance of his back row — whether to recall Tipuric to the starting XV and move Warburton to blindside flanker or keep Warburton at seven and opt for a more physical presence in the No. 6 jersey.
Wales need to beat England by seven points or more to retain Six Nations silverware, but an England win would give them their first Grand Slam since 2003.
Jones tweeted: "so so disappointed not to be involved Saturday but thanks for all your messages! #feetup"