Rugby Union: Jones is target for Bristol

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Bristol are poised to sign Wales' most capped scrum-half, Robert Jones, on a two-year contract, with an option of a further two years.

The former British Lion Jones, 30, who plays for Swansea, was at the Memorial Ground yesterday for talks. A club spokesman, Dave Tyler, said he did not expect anything to be signed until Jones had slept on the offer.

The deal must be a substantial one - "It's the one we have offered all our international players," Tyler said - since Jones rejected a financial package with Harlequins in February after Swansea promised him a benefit next season.

Jones had also been linked with Newcastle and South Africa's Western Province, who had offered him a reputed pounds 180,000 for a full-time, two- year contract. Bristol's director of coaching, Alan Davies, had picked out Jones as the ideal replacement for the England scrum-half Kyran Bracken, who has left Bristol for Saracens.

Wasps have lost out to their London neighbours, Harlequins, over the signing of lock Glyn Llewellyn, who has rejected a move to Sudbury for a more rewarding deal at The Stoop. Quins apparently offered a third more than Wasps.

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