Ospreys hail ‘one-off’ AWJ

The Ospreys have paid tribute to Alun Wyn Jones as he prepares for his 233rd appearance for his home region, that will take him clear at the top of the all-time list.

The big second row has firmly established himself as one of the all-time greats of the world game, and his commitment to the Ospreys shines as bright as ever with the former Bonymaen and Swansea player coming straight back into regional action after a busy November on the international scene.

Featuring three times for Wales during the autumn series, last weekend he played his 120th game for his country in the win against Australia. This weekend, he will feature for the Ospreys against Zebre in the Guinness PRO14 at the Liberty Stadium on Friday night.

On the eve of his record breaking appearance, Jones has been hailed as a “one-off” and a “true Ospreys legend”, by Managing Director, Andrew Millward, who packed down alongside Alun Wyn on 17 occasions, including his debut against Leinster at the Liberty in September 2005.

“What is there to say about Alun Wyn Jones, that hasn’t already been said?” said Millward.

“He is a wonderful ambassador for his home region, and for Wales, a true one-off. After 232 games for the Ospreys and 129 international appearances, he is arguably playing better than ever. He is a one-off in that respect.

“When he first came through the Academy ranks it was clear that he was destined for great things and his list of achievements, for the Ospreys, Wales and the Lions, is as impressive as it is long.

“His determination, loyalty and sheer will-to-win are trademarks that have served him well throughout his career and continue to. His modesty is another trademark and he will hate being centre of attention but it is only right that we pay tribute to him as he sets a new appearance record.

“He is a true Ospreys legend and I’m sure supporters will join me in saluting him on Friday night.”