Alun Wyn Jones

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Alun Wyn Jones
Alun Wyn Jones 2008 (cropped).jpg
Full name Alun Wyn Jones
Date of birth (1985-09-19) 19 September 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 118 kg (260 lb; 18 st 8 lb)
School Oakleigh House School
Oystermouth Primary
Llandovery College
Bishop Gore School
University Swansea University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Ospreys
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–06 Swansea 35 (15)
Correct as of 21 January 2006
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–present Ospreys 210 (105)
Correct as of 20 May 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009, 2013, 2017
Wales U21
British and Irish Lions
Correct as of 8 July 2017

Alun Wyn Jones (born 19 September 1985) is a Welsh rugby union player. He is the current captain of the Wales national team, and the Ospreys in the Pro14. He is Wales' most capped lock forward and Wales' second most capped player behind Gethin Jenkins. He has also won nine caps for the British & Irish Lions.


Born in Swansea, Jones played his first rugby for Bonymaen RFC. 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 lock/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.

In March 2009 Jones captained Wales against Italy in the Six Nations.

In 2009 Jones was one of 13 Welsh players selected in the squad for the British & 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 squad for the 2010 Six Nations tournament.[1] During the first 2010 Six Nations game against England, Jones 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.

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 teammate 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 Lions' tour to Australia. Due to Sam 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]

2014 saw Jones captain Wales three times – once against Italy and twice against South Africa. In the 2014 Autumn Internationals, he scored a try in Wales's 28–33 loss to Australia.

In the 2015 Six Nations, he formed a second row partnership with Luke Charteris and won two man of the match awards, against Scotland and Italy.

Jones took part in the 2016 Six Nations and was originally paired with Luke Charteris who was then replaced by Bradley Davies. Jones suffered an injury in the final game of the tournament and was replaced with a returning Charteris.

He took part in the 2016 autumn internationals but had to miss the first match due to the death of his father, Tim. He returned to play Argentina in which he won man of the match award.[6]

On 8 December 2016, Jones broke the Ospreys' record for the highest try scoring forward as he touched down for his 21st try. During the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand he became one of only 7 Lions players to have beaten South Africa, Australia and New Zealand while touring these countries.

Personal life[edit]

Jones is married to Anwen. They have a daughter named Mali.


  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". Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  4. ^ Palmer, Bryn (3 July 2013). "Lions 2013: Alun Wyn Jones captain as Brian O'Driscoll omitted". 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. 
  6. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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