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Alun Wyn Jones Says “There’s A lot of Life Left in Me” Amid Contract Uncertainty
The former Wales captain, Alun Wyn Jones, has remained tight-lipped over his future plans. After announcing his shock retirement from international rugby last week, the 37-year-old has yet to confirm if he will play on at all next season.
Jones led Barbarians to victory over Steve Hansen’s World XV on Sunday, where he opted against wearing the socks of Ospreys and instead wore the red and black of his boyhood club Bonymaen – causing much discontinuity among fans.
What is Next for Alun Wyn?
With no confirmation about whether or not he will continue playing rugby next season plus being effectively out of contract with Ospreys after spending his entire professional career there added more puzzlement to this situation. However, during a recent interview with Channel 5 after leading Barbarians to victory again Swansea Rugby Club’s 150th anniversary match this coming weekend, he stated that “there’s a lot of life left in me. Whether that’s in rugby or otherwise remains uncertain”.
Eddie Jones’ Thoughts on Alun Wyn as a Player and Coach Opponent
In another twist adding perplexity to this story-line; Eddie Jones who coached against him today stated “he’ll be remembered as one of the great competitors… He’s one those players that you hated coaching against because you knew what it was going to be like refereeing him.” He went further by admitting how much respect had grown towards him after coaching him in the Barbarians side.
While fans eagerly wait for his decision, one thing remains certain; whether he retires from rugby or continues to play on with a new club, Jones’ impact and contribution to Welsh Rugby will be talked about for years to come.
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