Alun Wyn Jones Adam Beard: Wales lock hopes to revive Test winning streak

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Alun Wyn Jones Adam Beard (left) reflects on his first defeat in a Wales jersey with Ken Owens at Twickenham

Adam Beard (right) won his first cap for Wales against Samoa in Apia in June 2017
World Cup warm-up: Wales v England
Venue:Principality Stadium, CardiffDate:Saturday, 17 AugustKick-off:14:15 BST
Coverage:Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC 5 Live Extra & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary

Wales second-row Adam Beard says he is not a superstitious man but his international winning streak has been halted at 13.

Beard had proved a lucky charm for Warren Gatland’s side over the last two years, having won his first 13 games in a Wales jersey.

The Ospreys lock was closing in on Geoff Wheel’s Welsh record of 15 opening Test victories before the 33-19 defeat at Twickenham last Sunday.

“It was not a nice feeling and hopefully not one I will feel many times again,” said Beard.

“In the back of my head I was not trying to think of the record but it was disappointing losing.

“I would have liked to have broken Geoff Wheel’s record because he is also a second-row from Swansea, but unfortunately it was not meant to be.”

Defeat in the World Cup warm-up also ended Wales’ 14-match winning streak and the chance to become the world ranked number one side officially, but Beard insists morale has not been affected.

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