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Wales captain Ryan Jones welcomes return to fitness of Sam Warburton

Last Updated: 20/02/13 5:31pm

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Ryan Jones: skippered Wales to victory over France

Ryan Jones: skippered Wales to victory over France

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Wales captain Ryan Jones is looking forward to the prospect of Sam Warburton returning to the fold on Saturday.

Jones will lead the side out while fellow flanker Warburton - Wales' 2011 World Cup skipper and a Six Nations title and Grand Slam-winning captain last year - makes his comeback on the bench after regaining complete fitness following a shoulder injury.

Jones, a 71-cap veteran, has been a reluctant hero in the absence of Warburton, leading the Welsh team to a memorable victory after they beat France 16-6.

"The captaincy is only a title," said Jones, 31. "I am happy to be involved, and I am enjoying it. If the captaincy comes along, great, but it is about contributing to the team and helping it be successful."

Jones has forged a good relationship with Warburton in recent years, describing him as "a mate of mine" that "chat over various things."

He added: "It is still Sam's team, if you like, and we want him to be confident and playing well."

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