British and Irish Lions forward Alun Wyn Jones reflects on an emotional week

Last Updated: 13/07/13 12:28pm

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After leading the British and Irish Lions to their first Test series victory in 16 years, Alun Wyn Jones admits he is still suffering from an "emotional hangover".

The 27-year-old forward was selected to lead the Lions into battle for the deciding Test in Sydney with tour captain Sam Warburton unavailable through injury.

Having experienced a roller-coaster of emotions in the opening two matches with narrow victory being followed by close defeat, Jones played a pivotal role as the Lions routed Australia 41-16 to clinch the series.

"Mentally you cannot comprehend it; physically you have been put through it"
Alun Wyn Jones

While the dust begins to settle on the historic achievement recorded by the Lions on that auspicious evening, Jones concedes he is still struggling to come to terms with the success.


"It's almost like an emotional hangover sort of thing," the Ospreys lock told Sky Sports News.

"Mentally you cannot comprehend it; physically you have been put through it for the last eight weeks.

Lions captian Alun Wyn Jones reflects on their first series victory in 16 years and admits it's been difficult to come to terms with their success.

"I don't know whether it will be when the DVD comes out or a few years down the line when somebody says I remember you back in 2013."

Jones will now enjoy a break before returning to Ospreys duty ahead of the November internationals, when Wales will take on South Africa, Argentina, Tonga and Australia.

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