Alun Wyn JONES
Wales Caps: 70 (32-0-38)
Wales Points: 35 (7t)
Wales Debut: v Argentina 2006
British & Irish Lions: 2009 (SA) Tests: 3 (1-0-2)
Lions Debut: 30/05/2009 v Royal XV
Test Record v Australia: 8 (1-0-7)
Alun Wyn Jones missed the opening two rounds of this year’s RBS 6 Nations with a shoulder injury but returned to help Wales to their fourth title in nine years and his second since making his Wales debut in 2006.
He burst onto the international scene as part of the Wales U21 Grand Slam winning team in 2005 and won the Best Newcomer award in the Welsh Premiership with Swansea in the same season. He then joined the Ospreys, making fifteen appearances in his first season with the region.
His superb form in his debut season with the region led to Jones being picked for Wales' summer tour to Argentina in 2006, where he played in both games at blindside flanker, gaining his first caps at senior level.
Jones was named in the national squad for the 2006 autumn internationals, starting against the Pacific Islanders and coming off the bench for the clashes with Canada and New Zealand. He also featured for Wales in every game of the 2007 RBS 6 Nations.
Jones was named in Gareth Jenkins' 2007 Rugby World Cup squad, making try-scoring appearances in Wales' Pool B encounters with Canada and Japan, and featuring in the starting line-up for the two defeats at the hands of Australia and Fiji.
January 2008 saw Jones included in Warren Gatand's RBS 6 Nations squad and the 27-year-old made three appearances in the Grand Slam winning side against England, Ireland and France, missing out on the remaining fixtures due to an injury picked up after the initial match of the campaign.
He was back in action in November of that year when he was one of Wales’s most consistent performers against South Africa, New Zealand and Australia and, after a fine domestic season, was selected for the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa where he partnered Ireland’s Paul O’Connell in each of the three Tests.