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Wales captain has the nation in tears during the build up to today’s semi final game against South Africa.

He welled up himself as he talked about his early days playing rugby for Bonymaen and how important the club was to him as he prepared for Sunday’s semi-final game against South Africa.

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Fans described it as “very moving” and admitted they were in tears watching the interview feature that started with Shane Williams saying how Alun can be “gumpy at times” and a bit “intense”.

But the Wales legend showed his soft side during the ITV feature.

The reluctant frontman hates talking about himself and admits he finds it hard facing the scrutiny.

“I am not very good at the spotlight to be honest,” he admits. “My wife will testify to that.”

When asked if he preferred a trip to the dentist rather than a busy press conference?

He replied “Dentist.”

The feature then went back to look at when he started playing rugby on the club in the hills in east Swansea – Bonymaen.

His under 12 coach Kevin Brooks said: “Al came up to us from the nicer side of Swansea as it were. He came to the tough side of Swansea. His mum thought it would do him well to come here and mix with some real, genuine kids.”

Under 12 teammate Rob Jones added: “I can remember coming into the changing room  and there was a boy there the same size as my dad. He was the only boy in the team who had to wear a first team jersey. It was the only size that would fit him.”

Alun was head and shoulders above the other boys

Speaking about the time at the club, Alun says: “I was fortunate enough to be taken in by the players and the people up there. It was massive for me at that young age.”

He left the team when he was 16 to go and play for Swansea, by 20 he was captain for Wales.

After 13 years and 141 caps, he still doesn’t forget where it started.

“Everyone who has played up on Bonymaen knows there is a definite micro climate. It is like being at the top of Everest,” he says. “That will toughen you up, if not the desire for the game that people had up there.

“I love the game now as much as I loved it back then, without a question.”

He had to take a moment when asked if thinking back on those times helped him during the build up to big games like the semi-final against South Africa.

He wells up, saying: “You have got me.”

Alun Wyn Jones has to stop the interview after being overcome with emotion
Alun getting emotional

As he moves around in the seat with tears in his eyes, he said: “It is the dust from the chair.

“It is when you have these moments that you dream about as a kid. When they get on your doorstep, it is pretty special.”

Shane Williams described him as the greatest player of all time

“If there is a man who can get you through a tough quarter final, then a tough semi-final, I think it is Alun Wyn,” he said.

Kevin Brooks said: “Do it for Wales Alun, do it for Bonymaen, do it for your family, and most importantly do it for yourself.”

When asked what his last words to the players would be on Sunday, Alun said: “Sorry, that is just for the special 23.”

It had many fans in tears ahead of kick off.

This content was originally published here.