Alun Wyn Jones has officially brought his playing career to an end after featuring in his final match for Top 14 club Toulon.
The British and Irish Lions and Wales legend holds multiple records, including being the most capped men’s international in rugby’s history.
However, one mind-blowing statistic has caught people’s attention on social media.
The stat is that Jones has been a professional player for a longer period of time than he hasn’t.
Robert Rees posted the stat on social media platform X on Sunday, revealing the numbers.
His post read: “Days between Alun Wyn Jones’ birth and senior debut: 6792.
“Days between his senior debut and (current) last game: 7146.”
Days between Alun Wyn Jones' birth and senior debut: 6792.
Days between his senior debut and (current) last game: 7146.
— Robert Rees (@Rreesrugby) November 19, 2023
One reply to the post added: “This is insane! What. A. Player.”
“That is an incredible stat!” another read.
Jones made his senior debut for Swansea RFC back in 2005 and has played professional rugby ever since, with his final match coming on 12 November 2023.
The likes of George Smith and Sergio Parisse are among the few players who could rival the Welshman’s longevity at the highest level, with Jimmy Gopperth at club level.
His 12 Test caps for the Lions is a figure that only Willie John McBride and Dickie Jeeps have bettered, but it is the highest tally in the modern era.
Jones was part of five Six Nations title-winning campaigns, including three Grand Slams and four Triple Crowns.
He played in four Rugby World Cup tournaments and could have become just the fourth player to play in five tournaments had he not announced his retirement before the tournament.
A glittering 19 year career has come to an end
Alun Wyn Jones: one of the greats 🏴 pic.twitter.com/p0nS2bpWbr
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) November 20, 2023
He also played over 250 times for the Ospreys, while Toulon was the only other club he represented throughout his career, making six appearances for the side during his short-term deal.