Alun Wyn Jones will additional lengthen his record-breaking profession having signed for one more yr with Wales and the Ospreys aged 35.
The favorite for the Lions captaincy this summer season having guided Wales to a different Six Nations title – his private fifth – Jones will now eye changing into simply the third ever participant to function in 5 World Cups come 2023.
Having turn out to be essentially the most capped participant of all-time final autumn, now on 157 internationals including his 9 Lions Assessments to Welsh caps, the lock is just not prepared to hold up his boots.
Alun Wyn Jones (above) has signed for one more yr with Wales and the Ospreys aged 35
Along with his contract up this summer season Jones has signed up for one more season.
‘Earlier this yr I prolonged my contract with the Welsh Rugby Union and the Ospreys. I’m actually happy to have achieved so and to proceed my profession with my area,’ he stated.
‘In these very troublesome occasions off the sector and with rugby the deal with the sector I didn’t really feel the time was proper to announce after I put pen to paper, however I’m very happy to increase my present contract for one more yr.
‘I’m grateful that I get to proceed to do what I like and to proceed taking part in for the Ospreys.
‘I wish to thank everybody who has supported me throughout my profession thus far and significantly by these troublesome occasions.’
Jones (center) might turn out to be the third ever participant to function in 5 World Cups by 2023
Solely Brian Lima, Sergio Parisse and Mauro Bergamasco have performed in 5 World Cups
Solely Samoan Brian Lima and Italian duo Sergio Parisse and Mauro Bergamasco have performed in 5 World Cups – now absolutely Jones’ subsequent goal after this yr’s Lions tour to South Africa, which if he’s chosen shall be his fourth journey.
Commenting on the announcement Wales boss Wayne Pivac stated: ‘Alun will go down as one of many best gamers of all time however he’s nonetheless on the prime of the sport, performing and profitable and he deserves the contract extension, he is a vital a part of our future.
‘It’s not simply what he does on the sector, it’s what he does each minute of each coaching session. He leads each on and off the sector in every thing that he does.
‘He has large pleasure within the jersey and taking part in for his nation and that’s evident in his preparation, his effort and dedication.’
Toby Sales space, Ospreys head coach, added: ‘Alun Wyn Jones’ dedication to delivering excessive performances, week-in and week out, was evident to everyone in the course of the current Six Nations marketing campaign when he was undoubtedly one of many gamers of the match.
Boss Wayne Pivac says Jones will ‘go down as one of many best gamers of all time’
‘His capability to ship excessive performances all through his profession is what marks him out as such a world class participant and it’s nice that he believes the Ospreys can ship on his and the areas ambitions. His dedication to his dwelling area and his teammates are apparent for all to see every day.
‘This affirmation of his future plans, regardless of being agreed for a very long time, exhibits the respect he has for all and never wanting hypothesis to hinder preparation for Wales and the Ospreys. This offers everybody an perception into the person behind the participant.”
‘His journey with the Ospreys now continues. His presence on the sector is mirrored with affect on the tradition of our workforce off the sector. This may undoubtedly be on the forefront of our enchancment going ahead.’