Alun Wyn Jones and Jake Ball hitting each other in practice


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Alun Wyn Jones and Jake Ball hitting each other in practice

In the last hours, images emerged of the fight between Alun Wyn Jones and his teammate Jake Ball, who left the Wales captain with a black eye ahead of the Six Nations game with Ireland earlier this year.

Tensions were clearly high before the game in Cardiff with the two players coming to blows before several of their teammates interfered and broke the tumult.

The WRU downplayed the incident at the time, though the markings were on view with Jones sporting the markings in his eye in the match against the Irish.

Ball recounted the reason for the fight, months after the fact in the middle The XV Rugby: “Al thought I was the one who had knocked down a maul, when it was actually Rhys Carre who instigated the whole situation, but it got lost in the background. He threw a couple of punches and I threw a couple back. Fortunately for me, a few more of mine landed. “

And he downplayed the fact: “It’s rugby. Al and I talk about it and move on“.

Lions captain Jones had declined to speak about the fight when he addressed the media after Wales’ win over Ireland. “It’s just a game, isn’t it? I’m sure there’s a queue of 100 so we’ll move on,” he told a reporter at the time, saying his eye was fine.


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