Alun Wyn Jones

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Alun Wyn Jones
Full name Alun Wyn Jones
Date of birth (1985-09-19) 19 September 1985
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 122 kilograms (269 lb; 19 st 3 lb)
School Oakleigh House School
Oystermouth Primary
Llandovery College
Bishop Gore School
University Swansea University
Rugby union career
Current status
Position(s) Lock
Current team Ospreys
Playing career
Position Lock
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Bonymaen RFC
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–2006 Swansea 35 (15)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005– Ospreys 200 (100)
correct as of 7 October 2016.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)

2009, 2013
Wales U21
British and Irish Lions


correct as of 26 November 2016.

Alun Wyn Jones (born 19 September 1985) is a Welsh and British & Irish Lions international rugby union player, currently playing for the Ospreys in the Pro 12. He is Wales most capped lock forward and Wales second most capped player behind Gethin Jenkins.


Having previously represented Wales at under-21 level, he made his Test debut for Wales in June 2006 against Argentina. Originally playing as a blindside flanker, he became a second row. It was as a lock that he featured, and excelled, in Wales' 2007 Six Nations campaign. He was a member of the Wales side that completed the Grand Slam in the 2008 Six Nations Championship.

On 5 March 2009 it was announced that Jones would captain the Welsh international squad against Italy in the Six Nations Championship.

In 2009 Jones was one of 13 Welsh players selected in the squad for the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa. He scored a try in his debut for the Lions against the Royal XV. He started the First Test and came on as a replacement in the Second and Third Tests.

On 18 January 2010, he was named in the 35 man Wales national Squad for the 2010 Six Nations tournament.[1] During the first 2010 Six Nations game against England, Jones intentionally tripped English player Dylan Hartley, for which he was sent to the sin-bin. During his 10 minutes there, England scored 17 points and went on to victory. Wales coach Warren Gatland said "it was absolutely stupid what he has done and to be honest he has probably cost Wales the game today" live on the BBC after the game.

Jones studied part-time for a degree in law at Swansea University, graduating on 21 July 2010.[2]

On 23 August 2010, the Ospreys announced that Jones would succeed Welsh team-mate Ryan Jones as club captain for the 2010/11 season. The decision was made, in part, so Ryan Jones could concentrate on the national captaincy during a busy World Cup year.[3]

On 30 April 2013, Jones was selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia and was in contention for the captaincy which went to fellow Welsh player Sam Warburton. However, due to Warburton's tour-ending injury in the second test, Jones was selected as captain for the deciding third test in Sydney,[4] which the Lions won 41-16. This made him the first substitute captain to lead the Lions to victory in the final test of a series since 1904.[5]

2014 saw Alun Wyn captain Wales three times - once against Italy and twice against South Africa. At the 2014 Autumn Internationals, he scored a try in Wales's 28-33 loss to Australia.

In the 2015 Six Nations, Alun Wyn formed a second row partnership with Luke Charteris and was also considered as Wales's best player of the championship, as well as winning two man of the match awards vs Scotland and Italy.

Jones took part in the 2016 Six Nations and was originally paired with Luke Charteris who was then replaced with Bradley Davies. Jones suffered an injury in the final round of the Six Nations and was replaced with a returning Charteris.

Alun Wyn took park in the 2016 autumn internationals but had to miss the first match due to the death of his father, Tim. He returned to play Argentina in which he won man of the match award.[6]


  1. "Wales 2010 Six Nations Squad". BBC News. 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  2. Mockford, S. "Spotlight on Alun-Wyn Jones", Rugby World, May 2007
  3. "Ospreys baton passes to Alun-Wyn Jones | Live Rugby News | ESPN Scrum". Retrieved 2013-02-23.
  4. Palmer, Bryn (3 July 2013). "Lions 2013: Alun Wyn Jones captain as Brian O'Driscoll omitted". Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  5. Griffiths, John (17 July 2013). "Who was the last Scot to start a Test for Lions?". Ask John. ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
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