Wales greats Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric have called time on their Test careers, announcing their international retirements.
Both men have captained their country, with Jones world rugby’s record cap holder with 170 caps for Wales and the British & Irish Lions since his debut back in 2006.
During that time, he won three Grand Slams and five Championship titles in all, leading the side to Guinness Six Nations glory, most recently in 2021.
In 2019, he captained the side to a Grand Slam, and was named Guinness Six Nations Player of the Championship for his performances.
His international retirement came approximately an hour after Tipuric had revealed that he was ending his Wales career.
Jones made the announcement on social media, saying: “Having been selected in this year’s preliminary Rugby World Cup squad, and after ongoing dialogue with the coaching staff and the WRU, I have decided to step away from the international game.
“So, after 17 years I look back on special memories with Welsh greats and future Welsh greats.
“My grandfather and father both nurtured my passion for rugby in my younger days which has continued throughout.
“The opportunity to be professional in the sport I love was a dream come true, and to represent my home region, the Ospreys, and clubs within the region, namely Mumbles and particularly Bonymaen who guided me in my favourite years, was beyond special and something for which I am hugely grateful.
“A huge thank you to the staff and players who have been part of my journey, I wish you all well for the future.
“To the supporters, thank you for the support and making the most special occasions even more memorable.
“To the people closest to me, my family, I couldn’t have done it without you.
“Through injury, loss and success, you’ve always been there and will be for whatever’s next.
“Despite all I have accomplished, my children will always be my biggest achievement.”
Tipuric announced his own retirement after 12 years at the highest level, helping Wales to four Guinness Six Nations titles including Slams in 2012 and 2019.
In a statement, Tipuric said: “It’s been a privilege to put on the Welsh jersey and have so many great memories.
“I’d like to thank all the players and coaches that I’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years and the wonderful support I’ve received from the Welsh public.
“I’m looking forward to spending more time at home and putting all my energies into playing for my home region the Ospreys.”