Welsh legend Jones signs for Conor O'Shea's Harlequins

The Irish director of rugby has secured the services of a vastly experienced tighthead prop.

Jones [left] will join Quins from the Cardiff Blues.
Jones [left] will join Quins from the Cardiff Blues.
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HARLEQUINS HAVE CONFIRMED the signing of legendary Welsh prop Adam Jones ahead of next season.

The 34-year-old will join Conor O’Shea’s side from the Cardiff Blues, where he has started 17 games in the current campaign. Jones had previously spent 11 years with the Ospreys, but now brings his experience to England.

The tighthead prop retired from international duty in January, having been omitted from Warren Gatland’s Wales squad after winning 95 caps, as well as earning five caps for the Lions across the 2009 and 2013 tours.

“We are absolutely delighted to have secured Adam’s services,” said Quins director of rugby O’Shea. “Not only is it apparent that Adam wants to keep going for some time to come, but the work he will do in supporting and pushing our young tightheads Kyle Sinckler, Will Collier and Matt Shields will benefit us for years to come.

He is a world-class prop and we cannot wait to get him involved. I am sure he will become an instant hit with our supporters.”

There had been some suggestions in Wales that Jones’ options for a club next season had been limited, but the player himself refuted that as he shared his gratitude with Cardiff for contracting him this season.

“I’m really excited about this new challenge. I have enjoyed my year with the Blues and I’m thankful to the board and Mike Hammett for giving me a go,” said Jones.

“Contrary to media reports in Wales, I have had options here, but Harlequins is an ambitious and progressive club with good values.

“Everyone who is there, or who has been there, loves it and having spoken to both Conor O’Shea and John Kingston I was even more impressed.”

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