Alun Wyn Jones admits he faces a battle to regain a Wales starting place in the RBS 6 Nations.
The double Grand Slammer returned to the international stage following injury with a cameo appearance in the victory over Italy.
Jones came on as a second-half replacement for Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, who has enjoyed mightily impressive debut campaign.
The Ospreys captain has paid tribute to the duo and knows he faces a giant challenge to regain the jersey.
"Their performances speak for themselves," said Jones.
"It's funny when you play international rugby you never really own the jersey, you are just in possession of it at one point.
"I have been in and out of it and been injured and come back into it and it is part of the game.
"Obviously I can't look too far forward, I had only 30 minutes against Italy and the Ospreys have a game against Munster at the weekend.
"It is likely I will be released back to them to get a bit more game time, so it is an opportunity for me and I can't look any further ahead than that."
But Jones was delighted to return to the Test arena with a win and reckons Wales played the right game during the deluge at Stadio Olimpico.
"It was always going to be gladiatorial, if you will excuse the pun, being in Rome and all that," added Jones
"But we knew it was going to be like that, especially with the conditions and not a lot of rugby was going to be played.
"And we knew it was going to take 50 to 60 minutes for anything to come to fruition, and Jonathan Davies got a good try and Alex Cuthbert capitalised on some good go forward from a line out, so it sort of went to plan.
"Maybe at the end of the first half we were trying to play a bit too much rugby from inside our own 22, but other than that it was as expected I suppose."
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