It was when inspirational British & Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones was asked about what the side means to him where the real emotion came out.
“Ohh… I remember watching Jinks [Neil Jenkins] in ’97. So to be involved with him in Wales and to be out here with him is really special. Really special,” Jones said as he cleared his throat.
“Probably can’t put it into words, so I’m not going to try. You’ll probably get me going,
“I’ve already had a bit of stick for being overly emotional and you know, I don’t give a fuck if people think I’m over-emotional, that’s what it means to me and I apologise for using language but you know sometimes it’s easier to use the agent of a bit of raw language so I apologise for that.”
Alun Wyn Jones ranks his 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.
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