The most capped international of all time, Alun Wyn Jones, announced today that he would be retiring from international rugby.
The veteran lock forward has spent nearly two decades playing on the international stage and is a highly respected player, not just in his home nation of Wales but worldwide among rugby fans.
Alun Wyn Jones has had an incredible career in international rugby and the numbers speak for themselves. Jones has played 158 tests for Wales and has also made 12 appearances for the British and Irish Lions. He was also named player of the tournament in Wales’ 2019 Six Nations Grand Slam success.
Jones has been a cornerstone in the Welsh setup since making his debut in 2006, having been included in nearly every Wales setup.
Speaking on socials, Jones said:
“Having been selected in this year’s preliminary Rugby World Cup squad and after ongoing dialogue with the coaching staff and the WRU, I have decided to step away from the international game.
“So, after 17 years I look back on special memories with Welsh greats and future Welsh greats.
“My grandfather and father both nurtured my passion for rugby in my younger days which has continued throughout. The opportunity to be professional in the sport I love was a dream come true and to represent my home region, the Ospreys, and clubs within the region, namely Mumbles and Bonymaen who guided me in my formative years, was beyond special and something for which I am hugely grateful.
“A huge thank you to the staff and players who have been part of my journey, I wish you all well for the future.
“To the supporters, thank you for the support and making the most special occasions even more memorable.
“To the people closest to me, my family, I couldn’t have done it without you. Through injury, loss and success you’ve always been there and will be for whatever’s next.
“Despite all I have accomplished, my children will always be my biggest achievement. Diolch.”