Alun Wyn Jones confirms Ospreys exit but leaves door open to club switch

Alun Wyn Jones for Ospreys Credit: Alamy
Alun Wyn Jones for Ospreys Credit: Alamy

Wales legend Alun Wyn Jones has confirmed that he will not be an Ospreys player next season, but did not shut the door on continuing his career.

The 37-year-old stalwart, who recently retired from international action after setting a world record 170 Test appearances, did not call time completely.

That subsequently led many to believe Jones would continue playing for the Ospreys in the United Rugby Championship (URC) in the coming campaign.

Ospreys career over

However, when speaking to The Barbarians Show, the second-row put such talk to bed as his time with the Welsh region appears to be over.

“Whatever’s next, if something pops up, there might be something domestic. I won’t be back with the Ospreys,” Lions legend Jones told the podcast.

“But if nothing does, I can be pretty happy with my innings anyway, but we will see what comes in the next few months.”

Since announcing his Test retirement, the lock led the Barbarians against a World XV at Twickenham and then his first club Swansea in St Helen’s.

He made his Ospreys debut in 2005 and went on to skipper the region, making more than 250 appearances over an incredible career for his local side.

Jones, who was named in Wales‘ preliminary World Cup training squad, shocked the rugby world when he later announced his international retirement.

Three retirements

Ospreys and Wales teammates Justin Tipuric and Rhys Webb did likewise as Warren Gatland’s side is now without three hugely experienced players.

As mentioned, Jones is the world record holder in terms of caps after overtaking All Blacks legend Richie McCaw’s 148 appearances by some distance.

He was part of five Six Nations title-winning seasons, including three Grand Slams, and played in four World Cups, helping Wales reach two semi-finals.

The lock’s 12 Lions Tests is a figure bettered only by Willie John McBride and Dickie Jeeps, with his future club set to pick up a unique rugby talent.

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