Alun Wyn Jones: Wales captain set to miss 2022 Six Nations with shoulder injury

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Alun Wyn Jones, Wales captain, will miss the 2022 Six Nations due to a shoulder injury.

Jones, 36, was injured in the defeat to New Zealand on Saturday and will need surgery.

The British and Irish Lions lock will not be available for several months, but should return to his region Ospreys by the end of the season.

Wayne Pivac, Wales' head coach believes Jones can still play for his country in the 2023 World Cup.

Pivac stated, "I don’t believe he’ll be available to the Six Nations."

"You can learn a lot about people's worth by being absent. Many people take Alun Wyn as a given - he has always been there and has seniority.

"That leadership is very important. It is up to others to step in and take over that leadership role.

Pivac stated that Jones was likely to play again this season and that Jones' captain for the Lions was targeting France 2023 World Cup.

"The goal is to see if Al can reach the World Cup. The coach for Wales said that he believes it is a realistic goal.

"You have to watch him play and train.

"I don’t see any backwards in his performances.

Al left camp after a little while, so we talked about it. It's not ideal.

"We all look forward to him playing 150 Test matches in Wales. But that is still a goal, and I'm certain he will achieve it."

Jones, 36, is the world-record holder of the cap and played his 149th international match for Wales. He also participated in 12 Tests for both the British Lions and Irish Lions.

In the 18th minute, he was trying to tackle Jordie Barrett, a New Zealand fullback.

He had also injured his shoulder in the first Lions tour match against Japan. After a remarkable recovery, he was able to travel to South Africa to start all three Tests.

Jones has signed a contract to Ospreys and Wales for the 2021-22 season.