Welsh second rower and captain Alon Wayne Jones, already the most involved player in rugby history, also became one of the players on Saturday with Wales alone, in the test match against New Zealand, before coming off injured 20 minutes later. Jones, who honored his shirt number 149 on Saturday with an XV du Leek jersey, has 12 caps with the British and Irish Lions, effectively making him the world record holder. Saturday, he was stripped of All-Black, third grader Richie McCaw and 148 caps, with his only Welsh picks.
Jones was released after injury
As he celebrated this historic achievement at the crowded Principality Stadium in Cardiff for the first time since March 2020, with 74,500 spectators in attendance, the joy was marred by an injury, apparently in the shoulder, forcing him to walk out after just 20 minutes. At the start of the match from Wales, after the All Blacks scored a penalty that awarded them seven points (10-3), Jones threw himself to tackle an opponent, injuring himself suddenly, before receiving treatment, and then finally coming in. The ovation of the masses. A blow to Wayne Bivac’s undefeated New Zealanders since 1953.
Jones was first selected in June 2006 in Argentina to a narrow defeat (27-25) and only regained the captaincy in 2017. The Welsh captain recorded five tournament wins, including three major championships, and two. The World Cup semi-final and the honor of being captain of the British Lions who beat the Australians in 2013 in a crucial match for a series of three Tests.
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