Alun Wyn Jones England lock Lawes on longevity and why training is easier than dealing with his four kids!

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Courtney Lawes may have spent his career as a 6ft 7in exocet missile intent on inflicting pain on the rugby field, but off it he is a big friendly giant. He is now 30 years old but has an immense impact still to make either side of the whitewash.

In the coming Six Nations, if fit and picked in four of the five matches, he will become England’s most capped lock, surpassing the great Martin Johnson — the man who handed him his debut 10 years ago. Lawes longs to play for as long as his body allows.

‘I’ll probably keep playing for ever because I’ve got too many children,’ the father of four jokes talking exclusively to The Mail on Sunday. ‘I’ve not been too worried about rugby but it’s harder to be at your peak when you’ve got four kids.

Courtney Lawes (above) has an immense impact still to make either side of the whitewash

‘Genuinely it’s easier training than it is at home! You’re always on your feet doing something!

‘You’ve got to adapt and make sure you can perform at the highest level even with all the sprogs.’

He is just back from a grade-two hamstring tear that took four weeks to heal before Christmas and knows he cannot smash his body to bits for ever. So while he is the same-old, chilled-out second-row who burst onto the scene at Northampton as a teenager, Lawes has eyes trained on a future where he can make a difference outside rugby.

The 30-year-old is just back from a grade-two hamstring tear that took four weeks to heal

Lawes was a key member of the England squad that reached the World Cup final

‘I might do a bit more with the community and young kids,’ he proffers as a New Year’s resolution. ‘Life coaching and stuff like that. I go dow

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