‘Alun Wyn Jones departure is speculation’ – Allen Clarke

Ospreys head coach Allen Clarke said it is not a foregone conclusion that experienced lock Alun Wyn Jones will be leaving the Welsh region.

The Wales captain is out of contract after the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan and is yet to agree terms to a new deal with the Ospreys.

Clarke said he hopes the 33-year-old’s future will be sorted out within the next few weeks.

Jones helped the Ospreys beat the Scarlets 21-10 in their Champions Cup play-off at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. There was talk that his participation in that match could have been the last time he represented the Ospreys.

But Clarke dismissed such talk after the match.

“That’s speculation that sells papers,” he said.

“The bottom line is that’s what it is, it’s speculation.

“It could always be somebody’s last game, whether through the unfortunate circumstances of an injury.

“You have got to live the moments.

“Nobody associated with the Ospreys is talking about Alun Wyn’s last game.

“We have got a job to do now. He is contracted until October.

“We want to – and I’m sure he does – get that business sorted in the next couple of weeks.

“When you look at what has been achieved at this region and the people who have been central in those achievements, Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric have been at the forefront of that.

“They are good men.”