Wales prop star Wyn Jones splits life sheep farming and scrumming to victory ahead of England battle in Six NationsFebruary 26, 2021
THE Welshman who is currently ‘Top of the Props’ is hoping to cut England down to size – after preparing for the Six Nations with a spot of sheep-shearing!
Wales loose head Wyn Jones has emerged as one of the star performers for the Dragons, winning the man of the match award against Ireland and scoring a crucial try in the 25-24 win over Scotland.
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He is expecting another close shave as they take on Eddie Jones team with a Triple Crown in sight.
But that is nothing new for the former West Wales sheep farmer.
He reckons heading back to work for his dad during the coronavirus shutdown, hoisting heavy hay bales and repairing fences, was the ideal way to stay fit for the Six Nations.
Jones explained: “Shearing sheep and some of the manual stuff was something I hadn’t done for years until the last lockdown, when all bets were off with rugby.
“I was getting some more time at home on the farm and I was just picking up where I left off.
“It was quite refreshing, I enjoyed the physical challenge of it.
“I grew up on hard work, and that showed me the way to being a Welsh international.
“Getting to this stage definitely doesn’t come easy. There’s no substitute for hard graft.
“I enjoyed rugby from a young age, kept progressing and I suppose that’s how life was on the farm.
“I just kept helping out, going from job to job, putting everything I had into it.
“The acceptance of hard work came through, mentally and physically. And traditionally, farmers make good props.
“That’s just how it is.”
Jones, 29, has already outshone fellow Lions contenders Tadgh Furlong, Zander Ferguson, and W.P.Nel, and is looking forward to locking horns with another highly-rated scrummager in Kyle Sinckler.
The England tight head had a torrid time of it the last time he played in Cardiff, conceding a glut of penalties as Wales got under his skin.
The front row battle is certain to be crucial to today’s outcome as well.
And Jones admits he is under pressure to keep up the good work from family and friends, who have picked him in their line-ups for the official Six Nations Fantasy Rugby competition.
He grinned: “I remember playing the fantasy game when I was younger, so it’s nice to see my name up there.
“Picking up the most points for a prop so far is quite flattering.
“I’ve had a good start to the Six Nations, and I’d like to think I keep that going.
“I know a few people who’ve chosen me for their fantasy teams, and one of my best friends texted me the other day and said: ‘Keep it up, I’m not pulling you out now!’
“England will be a tough nut to crack, especially with no fans in the Principality Stadium to cheer us on.
“But we’re ready for the challenge.”
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