In the match he played against France this Saturday, the Welsh captain Alun wyn jones it equaled Richie McCaw’s world record for most test match appearances (148), including the nine he played in the British & Irish Lions jersey.
A record that, in addition, could surpass in case of adding minutes against Scotland next weekend, for the Six Nations. The only active players currently close to the international summit are Sam whitelock from New Zealand (118), which ranks 19, Florin Vlaicu Romania (124) in 12 and Yuri Kushnarev Russia at 25, with 115 appearances. It should be noted, in this sense, that the last two will not add more games in this 2020, since Rugby Europe canceled the rest of the season in recent weeks.
Separate paragraph for George North, who with only 28 years already accumulates 95 test matches, and for Aaron smith, who so far has played 94.
As of today, if you had to build a XV with the players who have played the most in their respective positions, it would be as follows:
1: Gethin Jenkins (134, Wales and British & Irish Lions)
2: Keven Mealamu (132, New Zealand)
3: Jason Leonard (119, England and British & Irish Lions)
4: Alun Wyn Jones (148, Wales and British & Irish Lions)
5: Victor Matfield (127, South Africa)
6: Alessandro Zanni (119, Italy)
7: Richie McCaw (148, New Zealand)
8: Sergio Parisse (142, Italy)
9: George Gregan (139, Australia)
10: Ronan O’Gara (130, Ireland and British & Irish Lions)
11: Adam Ashley Cooper (121, Australia)
12: Florin Vlaicu (124, Romania)
13: Brian O’Driscoll (141, Ireland and British & Irish Lions)
14: Bryan Habana (124, South Africa)
15: Yuri Kushnarev (115, Russia)