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Jones becomes most capped player in international rugby history

Saturday 31st October, 2020, was a day that will be marked in history for Welsh Rugby.

237 days since the fourth round games of the Guinness Six Nations we reached Super Saturday, the concluding day of the 2020 competition, postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wales would play their final round clash, against Scotland, at home but in Llanelli rather than Cardiff with the Principality Stadium out of commission due to its position as the Dragon’s Heart Hospital.

Despite a 10-14 defeat to Scotland it was a special day for two players that took to the field.

Captain Alun-Wyn Jones became the most capped player in international rugby history, making his 149th international appearance surpassing Richie McCaw’s record.

Jones made his debut in 2006 as Wales faced Argentina in Puerto Madryn and has gone on to make 140 appearances for his country, alongside nine appearances for the British & Irish Lions.

On the other end of the spectrum Cardiff Blues’ Shane Lewis-Hughes made his international debut at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday.

Following Wales’ final Six Nations 2020 performance the regions continued their challenges in the Guinness PRO14 on Sunday and Monday.

In addition to the two Welsh milestones a number of players reached important stages in their regional careers;

Cardiff Blues

- Jamie Hill regional debut against Munster

Dragons

- Matthew Screech made his 150th appearance for the Dragons, becoming only the seventh player to join the exclusive club at the region

- Richard Hibbard made his 150th appearance in the Guinness PRO14

- Ben Carter made his Guinness PRO14 debut

Ospreys

- Sam Cross made his 50th appearance for the Ospreys

- 18 year old Joe Hawkins made his debut at centre

- Callum Carson made his Guinness PRO14 debut, coming on at scrum half rather than his preferred centre position

- Joe Thomas made his first start for the Ospreys

Scarlets

- Morgan Jones made his first start in the Guinness PRO14

- Jac Price made his Guinness PRO14 debut

- Dom Booth made his Guinness PRO14 debut

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