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Wainwright shocked by Alun Wyn announcement

Wales star Aaron Wainwright says it was a shock to learn of Alun Wyn Jones’ sudden retirement decision last week.

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Jones announced in a statement that he would not be available for selection at this autumn’s Rugby World Cup, deciding instead to retire from the international game. Jones is now facing his final few games of professional rugby over the next seven days when he is set to feature for the Barbarians against a World XV on Sunday and Swansea RFC at St Helen’s next Wednesday.

Wainwright, who has also been picked by the invitational side, said it would be an honour to play alongside Jones as the curtain comes down on a glittering career.

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Wainwright said: “It’s very nice to be involved in this with him. It was a shock to me to hear that he was going to be retiring, as I’m sure it was to everyone else. When you see all the stats put up in numbers and in writing, it’s mind-blowing to see how much he’s achieved and what he’s done for the game in Wales.

“I’m incredibly proud to be able to share the pitch with him again on the weekend, another one where he’s going to be leading out as captain which I can’t wait for.”

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Jones will skipper the Baa-Baas against the World XV at Twickenham before a fitting appearance against the Whites in Swansea next week.

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