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Alun Wyn Jones 'steps away' from international rugby

By Ian Cameron
Wales Alun Wyn Jones during the pre match warm up during the Autumn International match between Wales and New Zealand (Photo by Ian Cook - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Wales icon and rugby’s record caps holder Alun Wyn Jones has announced that he is retiring from international rugby just four months out from the Rugby World Cup.


His decision comes just hours after fellow Wales star Justin Tipuric announced that he was retiring from international rugby.

Both players were dropped by Wales head coach Warren Gatland during the Guinness Six Nations.

“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,” Jones posted on social media.

“So, after 17 years I look back on special memories with Welsh greats and future Welsh greats. My grandfather and father 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 particularly 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 well for the future. To the supporters, thank you for the support and making the most special occasions even more memorable.”

The 37-year-old played 158 times for Wales and his retirement will send shock waves throughout the sport in Wales.



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