Alun Wyn Jones Rugby World Cup: Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones shuts down retirement talk ahead of New Zealand game

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Alun Wyn Jones Alun Wyn Jones shuts down retirement talk and looks to give Warren Gatland fitting send-off in third place play-off against New Zealand: ‘Everyone is champing at the bit’

  • Alun Wyn Jones has signed up for at least 18 more months with Wales  
  • Inspirational lock will play for his country again but coach Warren Gatland is off 
  • Third-place playoff game against New Zealand will be his last game in charge 

By Will Kelleher For Mailonline


A game of goodbyes in Tokyo on Friday for many legends of the sport; Warren Gatland, Steve Hansen, Kieran Read – but Alun Wyn Jones? You must be joking. 

A French journalist had the temerity to suggest this third-fourth playoff against New Zealand would be the 34-year-old Welsh captain’s last Test.

The initial lost-in-translation question was based around the All Blacks being the perfect opponent to finish a career against. 

Alun Wyn Jones shut down premature retirement talk ahead of the third-place playoff

After some back and forth clarifying what he meant the Frenchman pointed at Jones and mentioned the ‘r’ word – which brought the coldest of stares from the totemic skipper. 

‘Am I?’ said Jones rhetorically to the questions of him retiring.

‘When you’re in this position, you want to do it for as long as possible.

‘I’ve got a bit longer yet!’ Jones is signed up for at least another 18 months with Wales and the Ospreys and despite the desperation of defeat in last week’s World Cup semi-final against South Africa there was no question that he would finish t

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