Alun Wyn Jones ‘Leader, legend, father figure’ – rugby greats pay tribute to Wales captain Jones

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Alun Wyn Jones Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones is the world's most-capped lock

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones is the world’s most-capped lock

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones might have missed out on World Rugby’s Player of the Year award to South Africa flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit but he has been praised by legends of the game.

World Cup-winning captains Francois Pienaar, Richie McCaw, John Eales and John Smit lavished praise on the 34-year-old Wales lock at World Rugby’s awards ceremony in Tokyo.

“I think he’s the best captain in the world,” said Pienaar, who famously led South Africa to 1995 World Cup success on home soil.

“I’ve said that if you look at how he’s readied his team, when they were down and out and they came back and they shouldn’t have. I put that down to him.

“I’m a fan. Not only because of the way he handles himself, when I saw him put his arm around that little mascot singing the anthem, I thought ‘that’s generosity of spirit’.

“He is a great servant of the game and he’s really done well. If you look at the Welsh performances over the last two years, they’ve been phenomenal.”

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