Wales and Lions legend Alun Wyn Jones names his three toughest opponents - Ruck

Wales and Lions legend Alun Wyn Jones names his three toughest opponents

Alun Wyn Jones, the Welsh rugby legend, recently reflected on his illustrious career by revealing the top three second-row opponents he faced throughout his remarkable journey.

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Concluding his 19-year career with a triumphant performance for Toulon in November, the 38-year-old received a standing ovation after captaining the team to a 30-27 victory over Clermont Auvergne in the Top 14 fixture.

During the game, Jones, now the most capped player in rugby history, was celebrated by both teams as he left the field after 66 minutes. However, in a surprising twist, he made a brief reappearance as a replacement for the final two minutes, playing a crucial role in setting up the winning try.

Having retired from international rugby in May after earning 158 caps for Wales, Jones joined Toulon in July as injury cover for the World Cup.

In addition to his impressive on-field achievements, the ex-British & Irish Lions lock shared his star-studded list of the three toughest second-row opponents he encountered during his extraordinary career.

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#1. Paul O’Connell

  • Born October 20, 1979, Limerick
  • Major teams British and Irish Lions, Munster, Ireland
  • Caps 115
  • Position Lock

Irish rugby icon, Paul O’Connell, is celebrated for his exceptional leadership and prowess as a lock. A stalwart of Munster and the Irish national team, O’Connell’s career highlights include Six Nations triumphs and Lions tours, solidifying his status as one of the game’s great leaders.

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