Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will miss the 2022 Six Nations as he requires surgery on shoulder injury – but coach Wayne Pivac says he CAN still play in the next World Cup at the age of 38!
- Alun Wyn Jones was forced off in Wales’ defeat to New Zealand with an injury
- Jones requires surgery after his shoulder injury and is set to miss the Six Nations
- Wayne Pivac has backed him to make the next World Cup at the age of 38
Alun Wyn Jones will take no part in the 2022 Six Nations after injuring his shoulder – but he has been backed to make the next World Cup aged 38.
The Wales captain is out for at least five months having suffered a similar injury to the one that looked to have ruled him out of the Lions tour in the summer, although he recovered in a fortnight to play all three Tests.
Having been taken off against the All Blacks he requires surgery, and Wales coach Wayne Pivac revealed the extent of the issue.
Alun Wyn Jones requires surgery after injuring his shoulder against New Zealand
‘I don’t think he’ll be available for the Six Nations,’ he said before talking up his chances of a comeback for the 2023 French tournament.
‘The intention is always to see if Al can get to the World Cup. I think it’s a realistic goal personally.
‘You’ve just got to see him in training and when he’s playing, the efforts he puts in.
Jones (right) is out for atleast five months after he was forced off against New Zealand
It means that the Wales captain is likely set to miss out on their 2022 Six Nations campaign
‘I don’t see anything going anywhere near backwards in terms of his performances.
‘A bit of time off, we spoke about this before Al left camp. It’s not ideal for him.
‘We’re all looking forward to him playing 150 Test matches for Wales but that is still a goal and I’m sure he’ll get there.’
Without their skipper Wales need youngsters – like Adam Beard and Will Rowlands, both starting against South Africa this Saturday – to step up and fill the void.
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has backed Jones to be a part of the 2023 World Cup in France
‘You learn a lot about the worth of people when they’re not there,’ added Pivac.
‘I think a lot of people take Alun Wyn for granted – he’s always been there and got seniority.
‘That leadership is really important. The essence is on others to step up and take that role on.
‘There were no big farewell speeches. Like any other player that left, he got around and spoke to the boys individually. He didn’t have a big farewell. It’s not a nice time for anyone to leave camp. He wished the boys well and now we wish him well with his recovery.’
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