Rugby Union - Stalemate prompted Cardiff move, says Jones

Rugby Union - Stalemate prompted Cardiff move, says Jones
British and Irish Lions rugby union player Adam Jones attends a training session in Noosa, Queensland on July 3, 2013. The Lions will play the Australian Wallabies in the deciding rugby test on July 6. AFP PHOTO / Patrick HAMILTON -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (AFP Photo/PATRICK HAMILTON)

- Wales prop Adam Jones has pointed to the stalemate between the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and the four Welsh regions as the reason behind his decision to leave the Ospreys after 11 years.

"I had been waiting for a deal to be struck between the regions and the Welsh Rugby Union over a new participation agreement so the Ospreys could conclude a fresh contract with me," said Jones, who joined Cardiff Blues on Tuesday.

"I haven't been getting any money, but I was just hoping that the row that has blighted Welsh rugby for so long could be finally settled and I could pull on the black shirt again.

"Then on Sunday morning I received a call from the Blues asking whether I fancied a move there. I had to think long and hard about their proposal because I know all about regional rivalry and how much it matters in Wales. But my circumstances were such that I didn't feel I could turn Cardiff down."