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."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.