ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Wednesday May 18, 2022

Alun Wyn Jones stripped of Welsh captaincy despite call up

Welsh legend Alun Wyn Jones has been re-called into the Wales squad ahead of their tour to South Africa this summer, but he will not be touring as captain.

Instead, Wayne Pivac has decided to stick with his six nations captain, Dan Biggar, who took up the role while Jones was out injured. Speaking on his decision to keep the armband with the fly half, Pivac told Welsh Rugby Union,

ADVERTISEMENT

“We’ve obviously got great leadership in the group with Alun Wyn and Dan. Dan did well in the Six Nations and Al has come back from a pretty big lay off.”

“We want him (Alun Wyn Jones) to hit his straps as a second row and be the best player he can be and focus on playing. He’ll lead naturally anyway but certainly he’s looking forward to that challenge.”

Elsewhere in the squad, there have been recalls for stalwarts George North and Dan Lydiate after lengthy spells out of international action.

There is a duo of uncapped players announced in the 33 man squad, Cardiff Rugby’s James Ratti and Leicester Tigers’ Tommy Reffell, after both impressed at club level.

After a poor six nations, Welsh Rugby will look to bounce back on this summer tour however understand they have their work cut out going against the current World champions.

ADVERTISEMENT

On this, Wayne Pivac said “This three Test Series is going to be a challenge. It always has been, history shows that and certainly that’s what we’re looking to achieve – to get a victory there if not two and win a series”

“The first two Tests at altitude are going to be a challenge, so first and foremost we’ve got to do a lot of preparation here in Wales before we go and make sure we are in the best shape possible to perform well”.

On social media there have been mixed reactions from Welsh fans.

One Twitter user commented, “Squad selection as usual there is no consistency. We’re going to get destroyed”

ADVERTISEMENT

Whereas some were more optimistic “Absolutely chuffed for Tommy Reffell. He has been outstanding for Tigers this season and will serve his country with distinction.”

Related Articles

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Ellis Genge puts on his boxing gloves ready...

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy scenes as player deliberately kicks...

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    RFU make decision on transgender players...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Jero De La Fuente pulls Hamstring and uses it to score incredible try

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Waisale Serevi: The greatest sevens player ever

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    David Campese: The Aussie all time great

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    The man who once raced a Cheetah: Bryan Habana

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 7 HOURS AGO

    Two Of World Rugby’s Best Set To Go Head-To-Head

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Los Pumas Backrow Marcos Kremer Handed Mid-Range Ban Follow Red In Scotland Match

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Former Scottish Coach Under Fire For Controversial HIA Comments

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    England Hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie Hammers Beauden Barrett With Low Shot

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Massive Brawl in Scotland vs Argentina Thriller At BT Murrayfield

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Finn Russell Sets Up Worldie Try As Scotland Flex Their Muscles Against 14-Man Argentina

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Kyle Sinckler pushes insane amount on the leg press

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Harry Potter misfires comeback spell as Bath defeat Leicester

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Lions Star Jordan Hendrikse Smashes 70m Penalty Kick

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Watch Adam Hastings hit 50m+ match winning drop goal in extraordinary scenes

View All

Funnies

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Brutal Story Reveals How Tough Eddie Jones Is On His Staff

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Stuart Hogg Scares The Pants Off Duhan van der Merwe

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    One Year On From Freddie Steward's Brilliant Post Springbok Match Interview

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    World Class Sledging During Scotland vs Argentina Match Picked Up On Ref Mic

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Watch Joe Marler score a drop goal and a terrific try in Harlequins Vs Barbarians match

View All

Amateur

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Hilarious Club House Antics Shows Rugby Spirit

  • 23 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: South African Schools Rugby Is On Fire

View All

Player Features

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Cipriani set to start in last Barbarians test of the year

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Finn Russell very close to joining west-country Premiership outfit

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    South Africa name side without Cheslin Kolbe and other stars ahead of England match

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Capuozzo among the winners at the World Rugby Awards

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Watch Joe Marler score a drop goal and a terrific try in Harlequins Vs Barbarians match

View All