Tighthead prop Adam Jones has announced his retirement from international rugby following his most recent snub by Wales head coach Warren Gatland.
The 33-year-old, who has 95 Test matches to his name, was left out by Gatland for the Six Nations, with his last fixture coming in June 2014.
Samson Lee, Aaron Jarvis and Scott Andrews were named ahead of Jones, who is above the latter in his team, Cardiff Blues’, pecking order.
“It’s obviously not the way I would want to finish, it’s not how I planned it in my head, and I hope no-one thinks I am simply quitting,” British and Irish Lions representative Jones informed The Sunday Times when confirming he would be stepping down from international duty.
“It started when I got dropped for the last game of the 2014 Six Nations (against Scotland).
“I was still pretty happy with the way everything was going and I was thinking I’d get back in. Then there was the ’30-minute match’ in South Africa.
“I was gutted to miss out on the autumn. I told myself then that I would train as hard as I can and get as fit as I can. If it didn’t happen, then I’ll call it a day.”
He added: “Warren is the man who came in and saved me. He gave me a kick up the [backside] so he’s been a massive influence on me, and I’m very grateful.
“I don’t agree with what he’s done now, I don’t agree with him not picking me. But he’s got to pick who he thinks is best.”