WATCH: An Emotional Adam Jones In Tears Over How Wales Career Ended
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What a hero.
Legendary Welsh prop Adam Jones announced yesterday that he will be retiring from rugby at the end of the current season to focus on his coaching career.
The former Ospreys man, who’s plying his trade with Harlequins these days, will go down as one of the finest tighthead props the rugby world has ever seen. He went on two Lions tours, won four Six Nations titles, including three Grand Slams, and played 95 times for his country.
“I have had an unbelievable career.” Jones wrote in a statement released yesterday
“A career I could only have dreamed of. So many of amazing memories, with plenty of not so amazing.”
“But, the good times most definitely outweigh the bad.”
One of those not so amazing memories no doubt revolves with how his Welsh career ended. Jones had a public falling out with Wales head coach Warren Gatland. His final game for Wales came against South Africa back in 2014, a game which saw him replaced after just 30 minutes.
He was then subsequently dropped for the 2014 November International Series, and the 2015 Six Nations, before he finally decided to hang up his boots. A terrible way to end the international career of a man that gave so much for his country, and damn well should have been a centurion.
Following his announcement yesterday, Jones spoke to BBC ScrumV, with many of his former teammates wishing him all the best. But Jones ended up in tears by the end, as he discussed how upsetting it was for his career with Wales to end how it did.
— BBC ScrumV (@BBCScrumV) March 25, 2018