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Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones hasn’t held back in tearing in the off-field management of Ospreys ahead of his long-awaited return for the struggling region against Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup this weekend.
The Welsh region has struggled massively this season, losing 13 of their 14 games so far and the veteran lock has questioned the recruitment policy and accountability of the club in a stunning press conference.
Jones says it has reached a point where “you need to be honest.”
“It comes to a point where you need to be honest,” he said.
The lock praised the attitude of the players who have given their all during a dark period for the club but questioned the attitude of the hierarchy tasked with running things off the pitch.
“You could say that isn’t being replicated in other areas of our rugby entity at the minute. I’m saying that because I’ve been here longer than most,” Jones added
“There are guys who are doing everything they can, being questioned and answering those questions to the press and trying to do it on the pitch.
“There are probably other people who aren’t being held to account.
“It’s difficult to say, but that’s what I feel having watched and been involved with Ospreys for so long.
“I’m not going to name names, but there were eyebrows raised about recruitment, and the squad that we had and the success that we probably had in the past has papered over the cracks.
“We find ourselves where we are. There are a series of decisions and actions that probably haven’t supported the rugby side of the business.”
Former Wales boss Mike Ruddock has been brought in on a consultancy basis following the departure of head coach Allen Clarke and Jones says it been “difficult” to give feedback with the club facing arguably its biggest crisis in history.
“It is difficult when you try to give that feedback because there are actions and reactions. I think sometimes we can be less reactive,” Jones said.
“Hopefully something will be addressed and that is the positive point of having a forum. Whether it falls on deaf ears or not is the question.”