Warren Gatland has been reassured Alun Wyn Jones will be fit for Wales’ summer tour of New Zealand
Jones injured his heel in Wales’ Six Nations loss in England and has not played since
The British and Irish Lions man is on a dual deal as the Welsh Rugby Union cover 60% of his salary
Warren Gatland has been reassured that British and Irish Lions lock Alun Wyn Jones will be fit for Wales’ fast approaching summer tour of New Zealand.
The Wales head coach will announce his squad for the trip next Tuesday.
Asked if Jones would make the tour, Ospreys backs coach Gruff Rees replied: “The work he’s doing now would suggest it’s a large possibility.”
Rees added: “If you asked Alun himself he would say ‘certainly’, but he’s probably got a few thing he has to tick off yet.”
Wales, who have never won an away Test against three-time World Cup winners New Zealand, face the All Blacks three times in June on their summer tour.
The 30-year-old has been working with medical staff from the WRU and Ospreys as part of his rehabilitation, with Rees saying the player is making progress towards getting back to fitness.