Wales’s began the tournament with a resolute comeback win versus France in the Championship opener in Paris. It was followed by an away win against Italy, a home win over highly-fancied England and then an away win over Scotland amidst uncertainty over the future of regional sides within Wales, with a mooted merger between the Scarlets and the Ospreys. That merger has subsequently been shelved by the Professional Game Board this week.
Wales secured the Grand Slam with victory against Ireland in a rain-sodden Principality Stadium, the build-up to which was dominated by the decision to leave the roof open for the match.
Wyn Jones beat three Welsh teammates (Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams and Liam Williams) and two English players (Jonny May and Tom Curry) to the prize. All six had been shortlisted by rugby writers and broadcasters before it went to a public vote.
On receiving the award Jones said, “I’m very flattered to be named the Guinness Six Nations Player of the Championship. For me as the captain, it’s a validation of what we’ve done as a squad throughout the campaign. To be up there as a nominee with three other Welsh players and two outstanding players from England would have been more than enough and I’m very grateful to the people who have taken the time to vote.”
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