Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will miss Six Nations 2022 as he requires surgery for a 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 to leave in Wales’ loss to New Zealand due to injury
- Jones requires surgery after his shoulder injury and will miss the Six Nations
- Wayne Pivac has supported him to make the next World Cup at 38 years old
Alun Wyn Jones will not participate in the Six Nations 2022 after injuring his shoulder, but he has been endorsed to reach the next World Cup at age 38.
The Wales captain has been out for at least five months having suffered an injury similar to the one that seemed to have ruled him out of the Lions’ summer tour, although he recovered in fifteen days to contest all three events.
After being retired against the All Blacks, he required surgery, and Wales coach Wayne Pivac revealed the extent of the problem.
Alun Wyn Jones needs surgery after shoulder injury against New Zealand
“I don’t think it will be available to the Six Nations,” he said before speaking about his chances of returning for the 2023 French tournament.
“The intention is always to see if Al can make it to the World Cup. I think it is a realistic goal personally.
‘You just have to see him training and when he’s playing, the efforts he puts in.
Jones (right) is out for at least five months after he was forced to go against New Zealand.
It means the Wales captain is likely to miss out on the 2022 Six Nations campaign.
“ I don’t see anything going the other way in terms of his performances.
‘A little free time, we talked about this before Al left the camp. It is not ideal for him.
“We are all looking forward to him playing 150 test matches for Wales but it is still a goal and I am sure he will achieve it.”
Without their patron, 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 endorsed Jones to be a part of the 2023 World Cup in France.
“You learn a lot about the value of people when they are not there,” added Pivac.
“ I think a lot of people take Alun Wyn for granted – he’s always been there and he’s old.
‘That leadership is really important. The essence is that others step up and take on that role.
‘There were no big farewell speeches. Like every other player who left, he moved in and spoke to the boys individually. He didn’t have a great goodbye. This is not a good time for anyone to leave camp. He wished the children the best and now we wish him the best in his recovery. ”