Wales duo Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric announce retirement from international rugby

Alun Wyn Jones is world rugby's record cap holder
Alun Wyn Jones is world rugby's record cap holder

Wales duo Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric have confirmed their retirement from international rugby months before the Rugby World Cup.

Both the Ospreys forwards are part of Warren Gatland's preliminary training squad for this year's showpiece event.

Jones, who is already the most-capped player in World Rugby with 158 Test appearances to his name also featured for the British and Irish Lions 12 times that came across 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2021 tours. He also captained Wales on 48 occasions and won three titles with Ospreys.

“Having been selected in this year’s preliminary Rugby World Cup squad, and after ongoing dialogue with the coaching staff and WRU (Welsh Rugby Union), I have decided to step away from the international game.

“So, after 17 years, I look back on special memories with Welsh greats and future Welsh greats.”

Meanwhile, Tipuric has made his international debut with Wales in 2011 and has 93 caps to his name. He also has won four Six Nations tournaments, including two Grand Slams.

“During the off season I've had time to reflect on my playing career and now seems the right time to step away from international rugby," he said.

“It's been a privilege to put on the Welsh jersey and have so many great memories.

“I'd like to thank all the players and coaches that l've been fortunate enough to work with over the years and the wonderful support I've received from the Welsh public.

“I'm looking forward to spending more time at home and putting all my energies into playing for my home region the Ospreys.”