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Wales waiting on injured captain and outside-half Jones


Wales are sweating on the fitness of outside-half and skipper Stephen Jones ahead of their World Cup warm-up matches.

Jones undergoes a scan on his pelvic injury today but already seems likely to miss Saturday's Test against England at Twickenham as well Wales' other two matches next month.

The 29-year-old Jones, who has been competing with James Hook for the No. 10 jersey, was injured in a warm-up game at the team's week-long training camp in France last week.

Jones is not the only injury worry for the Welsh, with winger Shane Williams also likely to miss next month's Tests.

After Twickenham, Wales face Argentina (Aug. 18) and France (Aug. 26) at the Millennium Stadium, but World Cup squads must be submitted by Aug. 14.

"We want to grow our performances and combinations and Stephen would have played against England if he was fit," coach Gareth Jenkins told BBC Wales.

"We've got five matches before the big World Cup clash against Australia, and we need to give as much game time as possible to the players who will be involved in that," he said.

"The England Test will definitely give an indication of the way we are thinking about our first-choice selection," Jenkins said.

Wales's opening World Cup match will be against Canada on Sept. 9 at Nantes before they tackle Australia (Sept. 15) and Japan (Sept. 20) in Cardiff, with the final pool game against Fiji back in Nantes (Sept. 29).

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