Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric have announced their unexpected retirements from Test rugby.
Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric of Wales have announced their retirement from international rugby just four months before the World Cup.
Jones, 37, holds the world record most Test caps with 170 for Wales and the British and Irish Lions.
His announcement came just an hour after Tipuric, 33, announced his retirement from international rugby.
Both Ospreys forwards were nominated to Warren Gatland’s 54-man training squad for the World Cup in France in September.
The combination won the Six Nations in 2012, 2013, 2019, and 2021, with Jones winning the first of his five titles in 2008.
Jones has played 158 times for Wales and 12 Tests for the British and Irish Lions on four trips since making his international debut against Argentina in 2006.
He will captain the Lions on their 2021 trip of South Africa, and he captained the Lions in their 2013 Test victory over Australia in Sydney.
Jones led Wales a record 52 times, leading them to the 2019 Grand Slam and earning Six Nations player of the tournament honors.
He also won three league titles with Ospreys and is due to play for the Barbarians against a World XV and his hometown club Swansea later this month.