Alun Wyn Jones

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Alun Wyn Jones
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Full name Alun Wyn Jones
Date of birth (1985-09-19) 19 September 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 118 kilograms (18.6 st)
School Oakleigh House School
Llandovery College
Bishop Gore School
University Swansea University
Rugby union career
Current status
Position(s) Lock
current team Ospreys
Playing career
Position Lock
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003-2005 2005- Swansea Ospreys 35 174 (15) (75)
correct as of 13 December 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006-
2009, 2013
Wales
British and Irish Lions
84
6
(35)
(0)
correct as of 30 Nov 2014.

Alun Wyn Jones (born 19 September 1985) is a Welsh international rugby union player, currently playing for the Ospreys in the Pro 12.

Career[edit]

Having previously represented Wales at under-21 level, he made his Test debut for Wales in June 2006 against Argentina. Originally playing as a blindside flanker, he became a second row. It was as a lock that he featured, and excelled, in Wales' 2007 Six Nations campaign. He was a member of the Wales side that completed the Grand Slam in the 2008 Six Nations Championship.

On 5 March 2009 it was announced that Jones would captain the Welsh international squad against Italy in the Six Nations Championship.[citation needed]

On 21 April 2009 it was revealed that Jones was one of 13 Welsh Internationals in the squad for the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa. He scored a try in his debut for the Lions against the Royal XV. He started the First Test and came on as a replacement in the Second and Third Tests.

On 18 January 2010 he was named in the 35 man Wales national Squad for the 2010 Six Nations tournament.[1] During the first 2010 Six Nations game against England, Jones intentionally tripped English player Dylan Hartley, for which he was sent to the sin-bin. During his 10 minutes there, England scored 17 points, and went on to victory. Warren Gatland, Welsh coach was quoted to say "It was absolutely stupid what he has done and to be honest he has probably cost Wales the game today" live on the BBC after the game.

Jones studied part-time for a degree in law at Swansea University, graduating on 21 July 2010.[2]

On 23 August 2010, the Ospreys announced that Jones would succeed Welsh team-mate Ryan Jones as club captain for the 2010/11 season. The decision was made, in part, so Ryan Jones could concentrate on the national captaincy during a busy World Cup year.[3]

On 30 April 2013, Jones was selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia and was in contention for the captaincy which went to fellow Welsh player Sam Warburton. However, due to Warburton's tour-ending injury in the second test, Jones was selected as captain for the deciding third test in Sydney,[4] which the Lions won 41-16. This made him the first substitute captain to lead the Lions to victory in the final test of a series since 1904.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wales 2010 Six Nations Squad". BBC News. 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  2. ^ Mockford, S. "Spotlight on Alun-Wyn Jones", Rugby World, May 2007
  3. ^ "Ospreys baton passes to Alun-Wyn Jones | Live Rugby News | ESPN Scrum". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  4. ^ Palmer, Bryn (3 July 2013). "Lions 2013: Alun Wyn Jones captain as Brian O'Driscoll omitted". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  5. ^ Griffiths, John (17 July 2013). "Who was the last Scot to start a Test for Lions?". Ask John. ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 

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