ALUN WYN JONES has capped another Grand Slam-winning campaign with Wales by picking up the Six Nations Player of the Championship award.
Jones had an outstanding tournament for a Welsh side who completed a clean sweep of victories by overcoming Ireland last weekend in Cardiff.
The 33-year-old Ospreys lock, who’s now a three-time Grand Slam winner, saw off competition from team-mates Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams and Liam Williams, as well as England duo Jonny May and Tom Curry, to take the award which was won by Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale last year.
Jones came out on top in a public vote after the six nominees had been selected by a panel of rugby writers and broadcasters from across the six participating countries.
“I’m very flattered to be named the Guinness Six Nations Player of the Championship. For me as the captain, it’s a validation of what we’ve done as a squad throughout the campaign,” he said.
“To be up there as a nominee with three other Welsh players and two outstanding players from England would have been more than enough and I’m very grateful to the people who have taken the time to vote.”
The bronze award presented to Jones was created by Irish sculptor Jarlath Daly.
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