Here are the thoughts of the Wales and Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones on some of the toughest opponents he’s come up against down the years.
ALUN WYN JONES: TOUGHEST OPPONENTS
#1. Paul O’Connell
- Born October 20, 1979, Limerick
- Major teams British and Irish Lions, Munster, Ireland
- Caps 115
- Position Lock
The Irish second row was certainly blessed with special rugby powers having been one of the world’s leading tight forwards for more than a decade. A three-times Lions who captained the tour of South Africa in 2009.
Jones wrote: ‘I remember being impressed with his unruffled demeanour, plus his level of organization. All his socks in one bag, all his shorts in another. Everything decanted into smaller bags within bigger bags’
‘You cannot shy away from how effective the guy was in his position.’
Did you know? O’Connell initially excelled at swimming and only started playing rugby at the age of 16
Source: The Rugby Paper