Alun-Wyn Jones rugby player
Alun-Wyn Jones rugby player

Alun Wyn Jones

19th Sep 1985 1.98m/121kg No 5 Lock

The back row turned lock has been an integral part of each Welsh success since his debut against Argentina in 2006. Jones’ first Welsh cap came off the back of impressive club form for the Ospreys, whom he made his debut for a year earlier.

In 2009 it was announced that Jones, along with twelve other Welsh men, would be part of the British and Irish Lions squad for their tour of South Africa.

In 2010, it was announced that Alun Wyn Jones would succeed Ryan Jones as the captain of the Ospreys. He has become one of Wales’ most important on-field leaders. The athletic lock is excellent at lineout time providing a secure ball and is prone to stealing one or two opposition throws per game. It is in his open-field work though that Wyn Jones really excels.

Named in the squad for the 2013 British and Irish Lions, his carrying, breakdown work and sheer work rate saw him make the test side, and in Paul O'Connell and Sam Warburtons absence in the final test of the series, Jones led the side as captain in the triumphant final test of the series. Alun-Wyn is set to feature for Wales in the Rugby World Cup as vice-captain and goes into the tournament with a good bit of form after a strong 6 Nations campaign.

He was nominated for World Rugby Player of the Year in 2015. Jones succeeded Sam Warburton as captain of Wales from the 2017 6 Nations onwards.

In 2017, Jones was named in the British & Irish Lions squad for 3rd, with 110 Welsh caps to his name and 13 Lions caps (6 test). Ahead of Wales' final 2018 6 Nations clash with France, Jones signed a new National dual contract with Wales and Ospreys.

The 116 capped Welsh international has earned 9 British & Irish Lions caps and is in his 13th season with the Ospreys having come through the development pathway and is joint second in the all-time list of appearances on 223, 110 of them as captain.

After 147 international appearances - 138 for Wales plus 9 British & Irish Lions caps, Jones announced a contract extension with the Welsh Rugby Union and the Ospreys, securing his future in Wales through to June 2021. His 238 appearances for Ospreys are a club record. In October 2020, he became the most test capped player of all earning his 149th cap in a Six Nations clash against France.

In May 2021, Alun Wyn Jones was selected for the 2021 British and Irish Lions, it will be the second time he has toured to South Africa with the side and this will be his fourth tour overall.

The 157 test cap lock has played the last 9 tests for the Lions, starting seven times and captained the side in the final test in 2013 to seal the series win over Australia.

Lions #761, Appearances 20, Tries 2. In the Lions opening game against Japan Alun Wyn Jones suffered what looked like a tour ending injury and was replaced in the squad by Adam Beard but with just over a week before the first test against the Springboks, he was announced fit to rejoin the squad after making a sensational recovery.

In November 2021, the Wales captain was officially made an OBE by Prince William at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.

(LS November 10, 2021)


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