Alun Wyn Jones reveals his five toughest second row opponents - Ruck

Alun Wyn Jones reveals his five toughest second row opponents – Ruck

Alun Wyn Jones doesn’t often praise his opposition second rowers, so when he does it’s quite interesting – with a current England star on his list.


#5. Justin Harrison

  • Born April 20, 1974, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Major teams Australia A, Barbarians, Bath Rugby, Brumbies, New South Wales Waratahs, Ulster, Australia
  • Caps 34
  • Position To block

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Harrison, who has a fierce feud with former England international Austin Healey, was almost more known for his larger-than-life personality than his rugby. A veteran of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, he spent the last years of his career with Ulster and Bath.

Jones said: “Away from the physical side, jokingly speaking, it would have to be Australian lock Justin Harrison. He was interesting to play against, to say the least.

Did you know? He is currently the head of the Australian Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA)


#4. Maro Itoje

  • Born October 28, 1994, Camden
  • Major teams British and Irish Lions, England Saxons, England Under 20s, Saracens, England
  • Caps 55
  • Position To block

Jones already knew the 22-year-old’s most obvious talents, the two hit heads quite often, but Jones learned a lot more about ‘Maro’s leadership qualities’ during the 2017 and 2021 Lions tours.

Jones said: “From the outside you can see he is a physical specimen, but there are also the leadership qualities he has. He is a class player and one of the best I have seen” ,

#3. Just Etzebeth

  • Born October 29, 1991, Cape Town
  • Major teams Stormers, Toulon, Western Province, South Africa
  • Caps 95
  • Position To block

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