Rugby Union: I'm Going Home to Where My Heart Is; Says ROBERT JONES

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Rugby Union: I'm Going Home to Where My Heart Is; Says ROBERT JONES


ROBERT JONES has gone home to finish his sparkling rugby career.

As first predicted by Welsh Mirror Sport, Jones has signed a one-year deal with Swansea, his home-town club.

Jones, 33, said his three years away from St Helens with Bristol and Cardiff had been hugely enjoyable.

But the former British Lions scrum-half, who won 54 Wales caps, is glad to be back where it all started.

"Swansea is where my heart is and I am excited about the prospect of finishing my career at St Helens," said Jones, still recovering from a car crash in which he and younger brother Rhodri were injured.

"I am not saying this will be my last year, but at the end of the season I will have a long think about the future.

"After all, I have had a long career and there are plenty of other things I want to pursue in life. That was the reason why I left Cardiff."

Jones signed for the Blue and Blacks last year to cover for Wales captain and scrum-half Rob Howley.

However, with Pontypridd and Wales assistant coach Lynn Howells coming to head up the coaching team at the Arms Park, Jones realised he might not have the desire to meet the new demands.

"At the end of last season there were significant changes at Cardiff and the result is that the players have been asked for more commitment," he added.

"I didn't believe I could give that commitment, so I came out with it and told Lynn.

"I didn't bang the drum or anything like that, I just sat down with Lynn and the operations manager David Jenkins to find a solution.

"We had a very amicable discussion and decided it would be in everyone's best interests if I was allowed to leave.

"I started speaking with Swansea and I told them that because of my other interests and because of the accident I wasn't looking for a full-time contract. …

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