Stephen Jones’ experience will help Wales’ Six Nations chances

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Stephen Jones’ Wales career looked to be over after their World Cup semi-final exit in the autumn – but he has been given one final chance to come in from the cold.

Wales coach Warren Gatland has called the Scarlets fly-half up to join his side at a training camp in Poland ahead of their first Six Nations game against Ireland next Sunday.

However, it’s James Hook who looks most likely to start at fly-half for the Welsh after making the No.10 jersey his own following his move to Perpignan.

Gatland said: “The pleasing factor is that James is playing ten week-in, week-out in France after making the decision to go there.

“It’s difficult when you’re not playing at ten on a regular basis. Unless you are, it’s hard to be thrown in at the deep end.

“He may get an opportunity. The fact he’s playing at outside-half might make a difference. There’s a bit of experience in James.”

There is wealth of kicking options available to Gatland, with Hook and Jones joining the queue with the Blues’ Leigh Halfpenny.

However, Jones looks set to be used sparingly – if at all – but his experience could prove vital in the closing minutes of tight games.

Wales are 7/4 outsiders for their opening clash against Ireland but with the combination of youth and experience starting to gel for Wales they could be worth backing.

They are 11/4 to win the Six Nations and, if they can get a victory against the Irish, they will take some beating.

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