Clermont Auvergne's medical staff had been tipping that Jones would make a stunning recovery from an ankle injury suffered against Biarritz last weekend. He was included in the initial squad of 24 named to play Stade Francais Paris on Saturday, but didn't make the final cut.
'It's a pity I couldn't play, because we've got an incredible crowd in, the weather's perfect and these are the sorts of games everyone wants to play,' Jones said. 'I believe I could have played, but there are still a few doubts about the ankle. The only wish you have when you're injured is to get back playing as quickly as possible.
'I really thought I would be fit for this game, but it's obviously going to take a few more days.'
A Clermont club spokesman said Jones's ankle would be looked at on Wednesday, in the hope of playing him against Castres next weekend. The delay in his return is another setback for Wales coach Ruddock, who is spending more time looking at X-rays than training videos these days.
World-class prop Gethin Jenkins (shoulder) and gifted centre Gavin Henson (groin) have already been ruled out of the autumn internationals. Scrum-half Dwayne Peel will have an ankle operation on Monday and will out of action for at least a fortnight, although understudy Gareth Cooper started on the bench for the Dragons on Saturday night.
Centre Tom Shanklin (knee) came through the Blues' loss to Wasps on Friday night unscathed, while Lions backrower Ryan Jones (shoulder) returns for the Ospreys against Bath on Sunday.
Ruddock's biggest problem next month could be at hooker. Robin McBryde has retired from rugby because of on-going neck problems, while possible replacements Rhys Thomas, Matthew Rees and Gareth Williams are all twiddling their thumbs on the injury list.
On the good-news front, Scarlets backrower Dafydd Jones (finger) is making a faster-than-expected recovery and may be available for the autumn Tests, and captain Gareth Thomas's sore shoulder is not considered a problem.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series