Outspoken South African pundit Mark Keohane has slammed Alun Wyn Jones and predicted a ‘drubbing’ for Wales this summer in a video posted by SA Rugby Mag.
Following a serious shoulder issues and an embarrassing defeat to Italy, it hasn’t been a great 12 months for the all-time most capped international.
Keohane believes Jones was seriously ‘off the pace’ in the Six Nations finale against Italy while fellow pundit Zelim Nel went one step further.
He said: “Alun Wyn Jones has looked to me like he’s been done for a while now. I understand the value of veteran leadership in a squad that is struggling. I get it.
“But for me Wales have got some younger locks that are playing really well. I thought Adam Beard really impressed during the Lions series and I would definitely back those guys.”
Keohane added: “They’re not using this to see how youngsters go at home. They want to pump Wales and pump them good.
“Its going to be Wales’ potential best against South Africa’s potential best in a home series.”
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Fans pick the most OVERRATED and UNDERRATED players for every home nation
Our definition of “overrated” means the player is an underachiever—be it due to a loss of form or overhyped ability. As for the underrated, we took aim at up-and-coming performers or underappreciated players who have yet to get their proper due.
Here’s what fans have been saying on the subject.
Underrated: Aaron Wainwright – “I know he’s not always starting, but he has put in some huge performances for Wales so far. Him and Basham have been two of our best players so far this autumn. He’s only 24 still. I just think he goes under the radar or his performances get ignored a lot of the time, but I see him as a future Wales captain to be honest. So much potential.”
Overrated: Alun Wyn Jones – “Maybe you’ve got so many caps as there’s been such a paucity of Welsh second rows. Maybe. I really really really don’t understand why he is rated so highly”