Wisdom Lives in Words

Memorable Quotes by Alun Wyn Jones

Without being too profound, I never dreamt of getting 100 caps for Wales.
Alun Wyn Jones
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Losing hurts, it always hurts, and it should hurt.
Alun Wyn Jones
I've got a family now, which matures you.
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I think a global season, moving it a bit towards summer, can only be a good thing from a playing and commercial point of view, but it would take a massive shift, and I do not know if it would happen in my career.
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As you get older, you realise you can't worry about mistakes; you just worry about playing, and I've been doing that.
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I've no regrets. I don't think you can afford to.
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Ultimately, rugby players are like surfers. You look for the perfect wave, but you don't always find it. And if you did, you'd probably pack up and try something else.
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It doesn't matter how young or old you are, and whatever jersey you wear, you realise the derby games prick up the hairs on the backs of people's necks.
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People often ask whether you'd alter anything about your life. I can honestly say I wouldn't change a thing.
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You do not have time in international rugby to stop and think, 'This is tough.' It's more a case of, 'Let's crack on.' Where's your next job? Fill a hole for someone who has just made a tackle?
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You cannot expect teams to be up for a final every Saturday, but you have to in the Six Nations, and that is the difficulty we have.
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I'm happy in what I do, and I just like cracking on, doing what I love. The people around me know who I am, and that's what means the most.
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As individuals, we don't sometimes let ourselves enjoy things that we possibly should because of ways you want to be perceived, which is a silly thing as well.
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I'd love to feature for the Barbarians. I'd love to win a Champions Cup, and I'd love to get to another World Cup and make a fist of it: get to a World Cup final at least and see what could have been, particularly after 2011 when Wales reached the semi-finals.
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It is very easy to make athletes, and it is very difficult to make rugby players with that rugby instinct. I would like to think I have got a bit of rugby instinct and have become more of a rugby athlete along the way.
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If we have given everything we can, you are not settling for mediocrity because the better team won. Sometimes you have to have that mindset to be able to improve rather than keep telling yourself you should have won.
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We are very conscious of our poor record against the SANZAR nations. We've simply not done well enough against New Zealand or South Africa.
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Things come and go - there's win, losses, and injuries, but you get back on the horse - but I appreciate what I've done more.
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I wear my stripes on my sleeve, and I am not afraid to show them.
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As I grow older, I like to think I'm getting a little bit more mature.
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We've got a great team sport, but we harp on about individuals. It's a bit contradictory.
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I always want to be first.
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I don't compare myself with anyone.
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I'm in no position to tell a fan how to support us. What I'd say is keep doing what you're doing; it means a lot to the team.
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I don't really want followers, to be honest; that's what Twitter is for. I want people who can make their own decisions and look after their own departments.
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I find it hard to believe that anyone could be playing regularly and saying they do not have a niggle. It is the nature of the beast, what you get when you play a lot of rugby: you have to get another niggle to forget about the one you already have.
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To a point, family does that and a couple of life experiences both positive and negative that have definitely altered my perception on rugby. Whereas my first 28-29 years, rugby was the entire focus, which was not that healthy, now you realise what is really important.
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There's always a team behind the team. We've got our off-field guys looking after us.
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It's great having a good academy, but if you can't pay the players you're producing, what's the point of it?
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I am always optimistic.
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I like to think I am a happy angry person, if that makes sense.
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My wife says to me, 'You have achieved a lot'... yeah, I do know. But... there are a couple of things I haven't.
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Every cap is my first, and every one is my last... that's the way I look at it.
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I do not know if I will stay in the game when I do retire; I have got humanity, so I do not know if I will go into law.
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When it comes to talking about beating certain teams, we can be narrow-minded when we need to look at the bigger picture.
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You're not going to please everyone, but then, it's not about pleasing people: it's about winning rugby games.
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I am proud of being a bad loser. Bad losers are winners. That is the way it should be.
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There is ways and means to vent, and sometimes they can be the wrong ways.
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You know when you've had a good game, and you know when you could have done better.
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There are always going to be questions asked when there is competition. As long as you can answer those questions, then you are deserving of a place.
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There's always going to be questions asked where there is competition, and as long as you can answer those questions, then you're deserving of a place.
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I'm very fortunate I've got a good support network.
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I'll look at stats after a game to see the work I've done in different areas.
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I don't regret the way I approached things, because otherwise I wouldn't have achieved what I did, but when I look back, I could have enjoyed things more.
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A draw is the lesser of two evils. A loss or a draw, then obviously we are going to take the draw.
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The longer I have played, the perception of myself has changed. I conduct myself to other players a bit better.
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I am competitive because it is fun, a mentality thing, and it is something you have to be in this job.
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You're as good as your next game, not your previous, so I'll focus on the next one.
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Ultimately, we are professional rugby people, and we focus on the rugby. That's the easy bit. We are not politicians, so we don't have to delve too much into that.
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When you lose, it motivates you to go again.
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Happiness is dangerous. If you're happy, you're content, and if you're content, you can become complacent.
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I would like to think I am well aware of what the Lions are about and what they represent, but out of respect for your body and the players who are putting up their hands to be selected, you keep it at arm's length.
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If you had a global calendar, then you would have less games; you create more intrigue, create supply and demand with regards to the sport, and that will heighten the intrigue with regards to the Lions. Create more mystique not only at international level but at club level as well.
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I'll know when to retire when I don't want to push myself anymore.
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A bugbear of mine is bragging rights in regional derbies: it would be a lot more worth to the regional game if we did something special in European rugby.
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I'll look back on my career as a whole and at parts of it and say I should have enjoyed that more. I suppose that's my own fault.
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Ultimately I'm the captain, but if someone can't get themselves in the right state to play, it's not my job. If they don't want to come into work determined to be the best they can be, they're in the wrong job.
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I got to a stage in my mid-20s where I was focusing on 'what's next, what's next,' and sometimes you don't enjoy what you should.
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Whatever career you are in, you always have other distractions.
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I usually don't talk for three days after a defeat. Then you have an epiphany and realise it's just a game.
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If I make a mistake, I just shrug it off and carry on.
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What you put in, you usually get out. If you are not good enough on the day, fine, but if you put in everything you have, you usually get a decent result. When you lose, it motivates you to go again, not dwell on the past.
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I don't think you need to go global rugby to save the Lions, but I think you need to go global rugby to save rugby and not lose things like the Lions.
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Some losses are harder to take than others. You can lose and play well. It is when you lose and don't do the things you worked on and don't do what you say you would that is difficult.
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We don't want Welsh rugby to be seen as healthy or upbeat. If we think that, we could become complacent or stagnate.
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It is easy to overthink things, and I am good at that.
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I've got it all: I'm good-looking, I'm educated, I can sing, and I can play rugby. Ridiculous, isn't it?
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I'm thankful for the collaboration between the WRU and Ospreys, which will look after my best interests and enables me to play the best rugby possible.
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I am probably a bit numb upstairs, which is sometimes a good thing.
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There are real people on the pitch. We're not commodities. Well, maybe we are to some degree, but it's the team which creates business. Some people don't appreciate that.
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You have to be competitive in the job I am in.
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Before I was 'the captain' with the label - because essentially, that's all it is - I was a player, and before that, I was a fan of the game, fan of the team.
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When I retire, my CV might have a few holes, things I haven't achieved that I would have felt I needed to do, but I won't know if I did need to do them until I retire.
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For me, representing Wales really was a dream.
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The higher up the rugby ladder you go, the differences between winning and losing games get smaller and smaller.
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I know part of me is going to die when I stop playing rugby.
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Ultimately, as players, we are inside the tent, and we have got to deal with what happens between the white lines.
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I am a big believer that change is good.
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I look back at all the contracts I've had, and I never assumed I would get another one. Honestly. I don't take anything for granted. Nothing.
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It really gets my back up when people start using business phrases - 'sustainability,' 'the brand,' etc. - about rugby.
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I'm not the only one that's joined in the Maro Itoje song, to be honest with you!
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I did GCSE's and A-levels. I did my finals after the Lions tour in 2009 to get my law degree. So I've always had an eye on life beyond playing, irrelevant of the period in my career.
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That's the great thing about this sport: it's always different.
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Whatever you do, whether you're a journalist or a player, you want to see what you can do - that's why you're doing it.
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I am paid to play, and the coaches are paid to plan, and that is what they have to do.
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It's very easy to quantify performances and personal accolades, but ultimately, I'm in a team sport, and it's about winning.
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I was watching the Five Nations as a kid, I'm very fortunate to have been able to pull the red jersey on a few times, and now I'm able to assist the team, assist the young players coming through, and help the guys who do have the ambition to play more for Wales.
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You can only use what God gave you.
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Going out there as a forward can shorten your career somewhat, whereas if you go out as a back, you will be OK.
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I never counted on playing rugby: I was just another fat kid chasing an egg. It has gone pretty well.
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If I talk to a young player, I always tell them never try too hard.
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Apparently, I'm the angriest man. I don't know. It's just an interpretation. If it was someone else, they might be called focused or competitive. I'm not that angry or grumpy, but if you want to say I'm angry because I'm focused or competitive, then that's okay.
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Welsh rugby has done its dirty washing in public. It's nothing new. We're a tribal bunch. If warring parties want to sway public opinion, they do it in the public arena.
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I know there are certain things I may never achieve depending on whether I stay at the Ospreys or go.
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Players want to play a lot of rugby. We're walking contradictions at times in that we want to play a lot of rugby, but we don't want to play too much rugby, and we want to be available for all the big games, yet there are times when you have to sacrifice that because of game limits.
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From a personal point of view, I wouldn't have been happy with one cap but would always have been happy with two. I never counted on getting to 80.
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