Alun Wyn Jones urges Welsh rugby not to 'paper over the cracks' despite their run to the World Cup quarter-finals... as he insists there are 'deeper-rooted issues that need to be sorted'

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  • Wales reached nan quarter-finals astatine nan Rugby World Cup successful France past month
  • Alun Wyn Jones retired from world work successful nan run-up to nan tournament
  • However, nan legendary fastener insisted respective issues still needed to beryllium sorted

By Alex Bywater For Mailonline

Published: 12:01 EDT, 1 November 2023 | Updated: 12:25 EDT, 1 November 2023

Alun Wyn Jones has called connected Welsh rugby not to ‘paper complete nan cracks’ and hole ‘issues that request to beryllium sorted’ arsenic he prepares to bring an extremity to a sparkling career.

Jones, 38 and nan world’s astir capped player, will play his last world crippled connected Saturday erstwhile he turns retired for nan Barbarians against nan state of his commencement successful Cardiff. 

The fastener has been 1 of his sport’s astir iconic figures and has captained Wales and nan British & Irish Lions, making a full of 170 Test appearances. 


Jones retired from Wales work this summertime and wasn’t portion of his erstwhile team’s tally to nan World Cup quarter-finals successful France. 

‘I americium pleased for nan players for nan occurrence they had connected nan backmost of a reliable twelvemonth for Welsh rugby,’ said Jones, who will skipper nan Barbarians against Wales. 

Alun Wyn Jones urged Welsh rugby not to ‘paper complete nan cracks’ contempt reaching nan World Cup quarter-finals

The legendary guardant insisted location are still ‘issues that request to beryllium sorted’ pinch Welsh rugby

‘I conscionable dream it doesn’t insubstantial complete nan cracks because location are deeper-rooted issues that request to beryllium sorted aliases we will extremity up successful nan rhythm we support doing each 4 years.

‘I conscionable dream it kicks connected nan correct measurement pinch a young group of players I judge tin execute lots. 

‘I attraction astir Welsh athletics and I attraction astir rugby and I want to make judge it is successful nan champion imaginable spot it tin be. There is simply a batch of worldly astir financial worldly and leagues but I deliberation we’ve sewage to make judge subordinate use is astatine nan forefront. That’s nan main point for me.’ 

Jones has vanished his nine profession pinch French broadside Toulon connected a short-term statement and whitethorn good characteristic for them again earlier Christmas. 

As a erstwhile Lions skipper playing for nan Barbarians this weekend, Jones reiterated his support for rugby continuing to make judge nan 2 historical teams person a spot successful nan sport. 

This week, three-time Lions caput coach Warren Gatland called for nan squad to person greater mentation clip for nan 2025 circuit of Australia. Gatland has ruled himself retired of coaching nan Lions for nan 4th consecutive tour, leaving Ireland’s Andy Farrell arsenic nan favourite to return connected nan domiciled for nan Wallabies series. 

Warren Gatland's broadside reached nan past 8 of nan World Cup aft a tumultuous year

Wyn Jones besides urged rugby to support supporting some nan Barbarians and British & Irish Lions

‘We’re very blessed arsenic a athletics that we’ve sewage nan Barbarians, nan Lions, and immoderate classical traditions,’ Jones said. ‘I deliberation it’s thing nan crippled needs. There are not galore different sports that do it. 

‘It gives a focal constituent for nan athletics for players and supporters to follow.’ 

On nan imaginable of ending his world profession astatine Cardiff’s Principality Stadium this weekend, Jones added: ‘It is going to beryllium affectional by nan sounds of it. It's been a agelong clip coming. 

‘It's going to beryllium fun. In immoderate locomotion of life each bully things travel to an end.’

Barbarians squad to look Wales (Saturday, Principality Stadium. Kick-off: 2.30pm): Ilasia Droasese (Fiji); Shaun Stevenson (New Zealand), Len Ikitau (Australia), Izaia Perese (Australia), Selestino Ravutaumada (Fiji); Nicolas Sanchez (Argentina), Simione Kuruvoli (Fiji); Joe Moody (New Zealand), Tevita Ikanivere (Fiji), Taniela Tupou (Australia), Rob Leota (Australia), Alun Wyn Jones (capt) (Wales), Justin Tipuric (Wales), Michael Hooper (Australia), Rob Valetini (Australia)

Replacements: Angus Bell (Australia), Asafo Aumua (New Zealand), Peni Ravai (Fiji), Api Ratuniyarawa (Fiji), Tom Hooper (Australia), Lautaro Bazan Velez (Argentina), Ben Donaldson (Australia), Andrew Kellaway (Australia)


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