The 26-year-old lasted just 60 minutes into his eagerly anticipated comeback game as the Scarlets were beaten by Edinburgh 21-15 in their first Celtic League fixture. Jones had not played since picking up a groin injury in the 11-9 Six Nations win over England in February.
And the heartbreak of missing the remainder of Wales's famous Grand Slam has been compounded by the news that he will now miss the autumn internationals. Despite having an operation on Tuesday, Jones will not have recovered in time to face New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Fiji later this year.
"It's hugely disappointing for us but more importantly it's a devastation as far as Daf is concerned," said Scarlets director of rugby Gareth Jenkins. "It was a big comeback this season for him, something he's really been looking forward to having missed most of last season and the celebrations that went with the RBS Six Nations win.
"He took a knock which resulted in a ligament snapping in his finger which then detracted into his arm. There was no alternative really - it was either losing the use of that finger or having surgery to bring the ligament back into the finger and repairing it."
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.