Alun Wyn Jones Alun Wyn Jones: Wales captain prepares for World Cup farewell

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Alun Wyn Jones is the world’s joint second-highest capped player with Italy’s Sergio Parisse
2019 Rugby World Cup bronze final
Venue:Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo Date: Friday, 1 NovemberTime:09:00 GMT
Coverage:Full commentary on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones says he is preparing to bid farewell to the World Cup when he leads his side out against New Zealand in the bronze match.

Jones will finish his fourth global tournament where he has become the new Wales cap holder.

At 34, he says it is unlikely he will be involved on this stage again.

“I think I am one of the players Warren talks about who isn’t going to have another World Cup,” said Jones.

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“From a selfish point of view, I will acknowledge that and that’s probably why this one meant so much.”

Jones wins his 143rd cap on Friday with his 134 Wales internationals supplemented by nine Tests for the British and Irish Lions.

The Ospreys lock has surpassed Sergio Parisse to move to second in the all-time caps list and is chasing only Richie McCaw’s world record of 148.

It will also be his 21st World Cup match, one shy of the competition record of 22 shared by Jason Leonard and McCaw.

Jones has always placed more store on the team than individual accolades and will have proved a pivotal figure in helping Wales overcome the disappointment of not reaching the World Cup final.

The bronze match takes place only five days after the South Africa semi-final defeat but Jones was never going to rest from this game.


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