“The character” – Alun Wyn Jones ranks his five toughest opponents - Ruck

“The character” – Alun Wyn Jones ranks his five toughest opponents

Alun Wyn Jones will win his 149th cap for his country when he leads Wales out against New Zealand at the Principality Stadium.

Here are the thoughts of the Wales and Lions captain on some of the toughest opponents he’s come up against down the years.


#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


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