Ospreys get blues as folk hero Adam Jones signs for Cardiff
Welsh rugby continued its headlong descent into tragi-comic farce when folk-hero prop Adam Jones ended his long association with Ospreys and threw in his lot with Cardiff Blues.
The first the long-suffering sporting public knew of the move was when the Blues published a squad photograph with the triple Grand Slam winner in the front row.
Jones may have spent 11 years with Ospreys but there was no hint of thanks. Instead, the Swansea-based side claimed that they had made two unconditional offers to the 33-year-old tight-head, followed by a third that was dependent on a successful outcome to the fractious dispute between the four professional regional teams and the Welsh Rugby Union.
Jones had been linked with a number of clubs, including Bristol. Many believed he would ultimately follow the lead of Sam Warburton, the Cardiff Blues flanker and Wales captain, by signing a central contract. By making this decision, he is free to play immediately – which is more than Warburton can do.
With the regional teams agreeing that no centrally contracted player should be selected until the new participation agreement is signed, Warburton is in limbo.
Meanwhile, Wales lock Luke Charteris will be out for up to eight weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot.
Chelsea players allowed 20 minutes to celebrate, says Jose Mourinho after Capital One Cup victory
Diego Costa keeps coin thrown at him during Capital One Cup final
Liverpool vs Manchester City match report: Stunners from Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson sink Manuel Pellegrini's side
Arsenal 2 Everton 0 player ratings: Who scored highest at the Emirates?
Ireland 19 England 9 player ratings: Jonathan Sexton? Devin Toner? Alex Goode? Who was the star man in Dublin?
- 1 End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Dakota Johnson's 'It's only Isis' Saturday Night Live sketch sparks controversy
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'