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Williams believes Jones ranks among all-time Wales greats

Guinness PRO12 Editor

4 May 2012

Stephen Jones leads out the Scarlets on his 300th appearance

Cardiff flanker Martyn Williams has paid tribute to outgoing Scarlets fly-half Stephen Jones ahead of the two sides’ RaboDirect PRO12 clash on Saturday, claiming he ranks among the all-time Welsh greats.

Williams, who has 99 Wales caps to his name, may face Jones in what will be the 104-cap out-half’s final appearance for the Scarlets before he heads to Wasps next season.

Jones began his career with Llanelli more than 15 years ago and returned to West Wales in 2006 after a two-year spell with Clermont and Williams believes his staying power must be lauded ahead of the weekend’s clash.

"I'm not sure if he will be playing 10 or 12 or he could even play 15 – you never know with Steve – but it's going to be an emotional occasion for him," said Williams.

"Although he had a brief stint in Clermont, it's where he has played most of his career.

"He should go down as one of the legends of the Welsh game.

"He's been unbelievable since he's been playing [in] one of the most difficult positions anyone can in Wales, the number 10 jersey.

“To go on and become the most capped player of all time in Wales is an unbelievable feat. As he is on and off the field, he's a great influence and an unbelievable role model for anybody.”