No Welsh talk of slam, says Alun Wyn Jones

Alun Wyn Jones collected the Triple Crown trophy - but Wales won't talk about the grand slam.
Alun Wyn Jones collected the Triple Crown trophy - but Wales won't talk about the grand slam.

Alun Wyn Jones promises that there is no talk about the potential grand slam in the Wales camp even after his team moved ominously towards achieving another Six Nations clean sweep.

Victories over Italy and France next month would secure Wales a sixth Six Nations title and a fifth Grand Slam.

Triple Crown silverware is already in Wales' trophy cabinet, courtesy of a startling 40-24 victory over Eddie Jones-coached England on Saturday - the most points Wales have scored against their fiercest rivals since fixtures began between the two countries 140 years ago.

New Zealander Wayne Pivac's team have dropped just one point from a possible 15 during this season's tournament, racking up 10 tries and heading to Rome in a fortnight's time as overwhelming favourites.

And while Pivac has stressed that Wales will not be getting ahead of themselves, his inspirational skipper Jones can only mirror the coach's approach.

"There is no talk of that (Grand Slam)," Jones said. "We didn't really talk a lot about the Triple Crown this week.

"We came into this competition off the back of a disappointing Autumn Nations Cup, although it was about the strength in depth and giving players an opportunity.

"Italy historically get better as the competition goes on. They will be hurting from the defeats they've had, so that is our next focus.

"Momentum is important, we are pleased with the results, but anything after that is going to be muted.

How 70,000 Welsh supporters would have revelled in the Principality Stadium triumph - but ongoing restrictions meant everything unfolded behind closed doors with city centre streets largely deserted as Cardiff basked in glorious winter sunshine

Jones added: "It has been a strange competition - all the teams have felt that without the fans.

"There is a lot going on at the moment, but hopefully we've shown a bit of pride in our nation and what people are going through at the minute.

"We definitely felt their support - we saw the odd flag being waved on the way into the stadium, which was much appreciated. We are happy to give something back to the fans."

Australian Associated Press