Rugby legends receive warm applause on Centre Court

Two sporting greats were in each other’s orbit on Centre Court at Wimbledon over the weekend – and they weren’t playing tennis.

Alun Wyn Jones and Sir Gareth Edwards, icons of rugby union – albeit with decades separating their careers – were in the famous Royal Box for day six of the tournament, and received a warm round of applause from the crowd. They joined a cast of sporting luminaries such as Pep Guardiola, Sachin Tendulkar and Jessica Ennis-Hill in enjoying a day in the sun at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

Jones, 38, a former captain of Wales and the British & Irish Lions, holds the record for the most international caps in rugby union with an astonishing 158. Sir Gareth Edwards, 76, regarded as one of the greatest rugby players of all time, is also celebrated for his remarkable career for his country and the Lions, as well as scoring one of the most memorable solo tries ever seen (oh, and let's not forget that try).

The appreciation from the Wimbledon crowd was a testament to the lasting impact the Welsh pair – with ten Championship titles between them - have had on the sport of rugby and beyond.

The Royal Box on Centre Court has a long history of attracting famous faces from various walks of life. From Bradley Cooper to David Attenborough, the prestigious venue is known for its esteemed guests, and the presence of Alun Wyn Jones and Sir Gareth Edwards places them in illustrious company – though fans of the Championship need no reminding of their status as sporting icons.