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Jones puts his team first

Matthew Jones faces a red-letter day in Swansea - but he will put team success before personal ambition.

Matthew Jones faces a red-letter day in Swansea today - but he will put team success before personal ambition. The Worcester fly-half heads back to his homeland as his side face the Ospreys. Jones was capped by Wales when he played for Ospreys, but a serious knee injury - and the emergence of James Hook - meant he dropped off the first-team radar. Now at Worcester, Jones is approaching the form that saw him gain Test recognition.

"To go back to Swansea will be a special moment for me. People talk about it being a big game just for me, but I just see it as a big game for the team that could settle how the group goes," he said. "It was a frustrating time after my injury. I was disappointed to be out, and it was a long road back. "If you get injuries, it gives the opportunity to somebody else, and James Hook came along and took it with both hands and has not looked back.

"But I still think I have got a lot to offer, and I plan to show that." Cardiff Blues top their group following a deserved 23-9 win last night, with a late try by scrum-half Jason Spice snatching a losing bonus point away from the Leicester Tigers. * Agencies