Today’s rugby news as Alun Wyn Jones ‘clone’ enjoying new role and Jiffy reveals Six Nations concern

Today’s rugby news as Alun Wyn Jones ‘clone’ enjoying new role and Jiffy reveals Six Nations concern

These are your rugby headlines for Saturday, November 4.

Alun Wyn Jones ‘clone’ relishing new role

Cardiff’s Shane Lewis-Hughes says he is enjoying his current switch from the back-row to the second-row. The three-cap Wales international, who was once referred to as a ‘clone’ of Alun Wyn Jones by former Wales coach Wayne Pivac, has been packing down in the second-row for the Arms Park this season.

And, as Jones ironically bids farewell to Welsh rugby today, Lewis-Hughes will once again start in the second-row as Cardiff travel to the Scarlets for their Welsh derby.

Having struggled with injuries since his Test caps and that comparison to Jones, Lewis-Hughes is now enjoying the change in position – given he sees himself as a blindside flanker.

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“I think it’s quite clear by the way I play, I’m a six playing in the row,” he said. “But these days if you look at teams, there’s no difference between a six and four, really, bar from being in the scrum.

“It takes it out of your legs a little bit more because the props rely on you for weight in the scrum, but apart from that I have the same output when I was playing six really.

“I’ve really been enjoying it. The main thing for me that I’ve been enjoying is just being back out on the pitch again. I’ve been desperate to play.

“I prepare for both. So I prepare to play at six, I prepare to play in the row. So anything that comes up doesn’t surprise me.

“I make sure that I’m prepped for both. That weight to power ratio is important in the row and I feel like I have that, but half of it is just having that dog in you. I guess it’s all well and good being big, but if you haven’t got that dog in you, it doesn’t matter how big you are. It’s just having that determination and being relentless.”

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