Alun Wyn Jones ‘Real deal’ Jones can lift World Cup, says 2007 winning coach White

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Alun Wyn Jones has led the British and Irish Lions and Ospreys as well as Wales
2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final: Wales v South Africa
Venue:International Stadium, YokohamaDate:Sun, 27 OctKick-off:09:00 GMT
Coverage:Full commentary on BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app.

World Cup-winning coach Jake White says Alun Wyn Jones may be destined to lift the Rugby World Cup trophy and join the sport’s legends.

Jones will lead Wales into the semi-final against South Africa on Sunday.

White guided South Africa to 2007 World Cup glory and says Jones can emulate past winning skippers Richie McCaw, Francois Pienaar and John Eales.

“Look at Alun Wyn Jones, I really believe he can do it, he is the real deal and a great captain,” said White.

England lock legend Martin Johnson was another dominant figure when they won the 2003 title in Sydney.

White, now coaching Japan side Toyota Verblitz, said of Jones: “He is the most improved rugby player during the time they have played Test rugby that I’ve ever seen.

“I don’t think people foresaw what he would do for Welsh rugby when he started.

“He has become one of the great Welsh players of all time with what he has achieved as a Lions and Wales captain.

“I’d say it is far beyond what even he could have dreamed of.

“He’s the heartbeat of Wales and if he is there the

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