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“Hardest player” – Alun Wyn Jones names his THREE toughest opponents

#3. Justin Harrison

  • Born April 20, 1974, Sydney, NSW
  • Major teams Australia A, Barbarians, Bath Rugby, Brumbies, New South Wales Waratahs, Ulster, Australia
  • Caps 34
  • Position Lock

Harrison, who has a fierce feud with former England international Austin Healey, was almost better known for his larger than life personality than his rugby. A veteran of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, he spent the later years of his career with Ulster and Bath.

Jones said: “Away from the physical side, banter-wise it would have to be Aussie lock Justin Harrison. He was interesting to play against to say the least.”

Did you know? He is currently the head of the Australian Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA)


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Alun Wyn Jones has named the top three second-rowers he has come up against throughout his stellar career – with one legendary Irishman making his list.


#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.

Alun Wyn Jones said: “We got to know each other very well as team-mates with the Lions and opponents for our clubs and countries. 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


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