Alun Wyn Jones is bidding to grow to be the primary participant to win 4 Grand Slams when he leads Wales out in opposition to France in Paris on Saturday.
The 35-year-old made his first look within the competitors again in 2007 in a 19-9 defeat to Eire on the Principality Stadium as Wales went on to complete fifth in a woeful marketing campaign that included a defeat to Italy they usually have been solely saved a whitewash by a victory over England within the final recreation.
Since then issues have gotten markedly higher with the arrival of Warren Gatland as head coach resulting in a primary clear sweep in 2008 that was repeated in 2012 and once more in 2019 when Jones was captain and performed in each recreation.
Probably the most-capped worldwide of all-time has performed in 62 Six Nations video games in his profession, lacking simply 12 since his competitors debut.
Wales have received 39 of the Six Nations video games Jones has performed in, giving him a 63.7 per cent success charge.
There isn’t any doubt the lock has had an enormous affect although within the final 14 years and has been instrumental to their success.
So forward of Wales’ recreation in opposition to France this Saturday we now have compiled a Six Nations desk from 2007 to the current day:
General Factors (combining previous factors system and new bonus factors system launched in 2017): 148
Outdated factors system (primarily based on two factors for a win, one for a draw and no bonus factors): 104
England have received 4 titles since 2007 – in 2011, 2016, 2017 and 2020. The final three have come underneath present head coach Eddie Jones and his first was their solely Grand Slam in that point.
General Factors: 142
Outdated factors system: 97
In addition to their three Grand Slam triumphs, Wales additionally pipped England to the championship in 2013. If they will clinch one other one this yr, they’ll have greater than some other facet of the final 14 years.
General Factors: 142
Outdated factors system: 95
Eire have additionally received 4 titles within the final 14 years, together with Grand Slams in 2009 and 2018. They’ve collected the very same variety of factors as Wales in that point because of the introduction of the bonus factors system having received two fewer video games.
General Factors: 120
Outdated factors system: 84
France received the title in Jones’ first Six Nations however their solely success since was in 2010. It has been fairly bleak since then with one backside of the desk end in 2013 however, after going shut final yr, now Wales stand in the way in which of ending their 11-year wait.
General Factors: 77
Outdated factors system: 44
The one facet to complete beneath Wales again in 2007, Scotland additionally completed backside in 2012 and 2015 throughout some powerful years the place they didn’t win greater than two video games in a single marketing campaign. They’ve picked up since then however haven’t significantly challenged for the title.
General Factors: 18
Outdated factors system: 18
It’s unbelievable to assume that Italy completed above Wales in in Jones’ first Six Nations after they have been fourth. This season would be the eleventh time in 14 years that they’ve completed backside since they usually haven’t received a recreation within the competitors since 2015.