After finishing the series against South Africa, Alun Wyn Jones had no qualms about showing how emotional he was after his 12th consecutive round with the Lions and his fourth tour with the European team.
The Warren Gatland-led captain, who remarkably recovered from a shoulder dislocation to return to the 2021 team, admitted after the decisive loss to the Springboks that his playing career for the British & Irish Lions ended. “I will never wear this shirt again, I will never have this opportunity again”he said after the game.
Regarding what the three games against the world champions were, the second line said: “Credit to South Africa, they won the game and I told the boys that later, when we met on the field of play, I said that whoever is in the next one, make sure you go as hard as hell because it is a very special privilege to participate. “
In turn, he added that “I remember seeing Jinks (Neil Jenkins) in 97. So being involved with him in Wales and being here with him is really special. Really special. I probably can’t put it into words, so I’m not going to try. “
Excited to have played his last test with the British & Irish Lions, the forward expressed: “You will probably get me going, I have already had a bit of a stick for being too emotional and you know, I do not give a damn. if people think I’m too emotional that’s what it means to me and I apologize for using language, but you know sometimes it’s easier to use the agent of a little crude language so I apologize for that. “
Finally, the captain of Wales made reference that it would be a “farce” if rugby ever lost to the British and Irish Lions. “In its most basic concept it is something very special and ignites the imagination in children and adults and I think it’s something that rugby has hung its hat on for a long, long time. It’s very special and if rugby lost it, it would be a shamJones concluded.