Wales great Jones’ landmark day cut short by injury

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones saw his record-breaking appearance end just 19 minutes into the Test against New Zealand at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday.

Jones, by playing in his 149th Test for Wales, surpassed retired New Zealand captain Richie McCaw’s previous world record of most Test rugby union appearances for one country.

But the veteran lock appeared to suffer a left-shoulder or arm injury tackling New Zealand fullback Jordie Barrett and was replaced by Will Rowlands, with the visitors 10-3 ahead.

It was the same arm Jones injured just eight minutes into the British & Irish Lions warm-up Test against Japan at Murrayfield in June.

However, the second rower recovered after just 18 days to lead the combined side during their 2-1 series loss in South Africa.

Wales continue their end-of-year series at home to South Africa a week on Saturday.

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