Adam Jones may be a softly spoken, modest character when sat down in an interview but the forward has much to show off and showcase on the field and on his list of achievements.
The loveable prop is one of a select handful of Welsh players who has won three Grand Slams during his career alongside an admirable 95 caps for his country and two British and Irish Lions tours.
He has been considered by many, the best in his position for the large part of a decade and has adapted to life in the Harlequins camp in Surrey, away from his beloved Wales, very quickly.
The 34 year-old is impressed with the way his new team have started the season and believes this year could be the year of something that escaped the Club last year; silverware.
“We haven’t had an easy start to the Premiership by any measure. It was such a long pre-season something I have never encountered before in my career but the boys worked hard and there is a good bond and vibe within the squad,” said Jones.
“The trip to the America to play the USA Eagles was a fantastic break from the monotony of pre-season and we have gone on to hit the ground running. We have won three pretty tough games and came close against Leicester in Round 2 and should have come away with the win but we ground out two good wins since then at The Rec and against an aggressive and dangerous Sale Shark side. I think this could be a very successful season for the Club.”
The tighthead is excited to start another competition in the form of the European Challenge Cup and to hopefully kick start the Club’s campaign as well as the Aviva Premiership. The Club face French side Montpellier on Thursday night at The Stoop and Jones knows how tough the upcoming two European matches will be.
“Despite it being the second tier of the competition, it’s not going to be easy! The Club have won this competition in the past and there is no reason why this can’t happen this season.
“Montpellier have made some great signings this summer under Jake White including the du Plessis brothers who are both world class rugby players and with any French team you are always going to get a tough pack.
“It’s two tough games to start off our campaign with Montpellier and Cardiff Blues away in a threatening group. It’s going to be a big ask to beat Montpellier who are currently in the top half of the Top 14 table and then go to Cardiff Arms Park a week later and beat the Blues.”
The prop spent a year with the Cardiff based team last season and despite it not being a long relationship with his former club, he is looking forward to going back.
“The club helped me out last year after my contract with the Ospreys was terminated and I was very grateful for that so I have got a lot of time for the club. It will be a nice occasion to go back.”
There is more beneath the surface to this curly haired Welshman than many opposition players and spectators will know, let’s hope he keeps as many people guessing on the rugby field on Thursday night in what should be a stern test for Harlequins in the first of their European Challenge Cup encounters.
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