Alun Wyn Jones has committed his future to the game in Wales after re-signing his National Dual Contract (NDC) to remain at his home Region, the Ospreys.
The 32-year-old, capped 116 times by Wales (plus 9 British & Irish Lions caps) is in his 13th season with the Ospreys having come through the development pathway and is joint second in the all-time list of appearances on 223, 110 of them as captain.
Speaking after signing his new contract, Jones said: “I’m thankful for the collaboration between the WRU and Ospreys which will look after my best interests and enables me to play the best rugby possible.
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“To be continuing my journey with the Ospreys is probably something I wouldn’t have predicted at the start of career but having the opportunity to sign a new NDC at this point helps with the quality and quantity of the rugby that I play and hopefully will prolong my playing opportunities.”
The Group Chief Executive of the WRU, Martyn Phillips, added: “Alun Wyn committing his future to the game here in Wales is another huge boost for Welsh Rugby.
“He is renowned and respected as a player and leader and his commitment to the Ospreys and to Wales is hugely significant and it is fantastic that another world-class player will remain in Wales.
“This announcement will also help drive our long-term focus on retaining young Welsh talent as young players will learn and benefit from Alun Wyn’s experience within our environment and that will help shape the next generation of Wales players.”