Distinctive Welsh prop Adam Jones, nicknamed 'Cro Magnon Man' by his ardent admirer, the fellow prop and London Mayor Boris Johnson, is releasing a new autobiography in which he lashes out at Warren Gatland over the manner in which his international career ended.
Jones, whose usually successful eleven year long international career was formally ended in January, said he was left 'sobbing uncontrollably' after being abruptly dropped for the 2014 autumn series.
Published next month, the book is entitled 'Bomb' and has already been sent to the Wales management. Wales Online report that Warren Gatland is deeply unhappy at some of the claims contained within.
Jones was distraught at the news of his axing. When told of his banishment, he immediately hung up and began 'sobbing uncontrollably'. He decided to sit down and write a letter to Warren Gatland, one which he ultimately didn't send.
Dear Warren, What the heck are you thinking? I can’t believe you’ve dropped me. It’s an absolute joke.
I’m clearly some kind of scapegoat for the defeat in South Africa. I admit I wasn’t at my best in the first Test, but was I really the only player to play badly?
Was dropping me the best way to man-manage one of your most loyal and experienced players? Talk about kicking a man when he’s down.
Wales were hammered in Durban in June 2014, and Jones was collared as the man responsible for the loss of two tries early on. He was whipped off the pitch after just half an hour, an ignominious end reminiscent of Liam Brady's final game for Ireland.
Jones contends that Gatland has not spoken to him since dropping him but Wales Online say that Gatland had left voicemails on his phone.
The Welsh management are somewhat miffed by the claims made by Jones, and said he 'should be remembered for what he did on the pitch'.
It is extremely disappointing that as the squad puts the finishing touches to their World Cup preparation, the focus of the media attention and the column inches will revert to Adam and his comments.