Wales finally lifted the Six Nations trophy in a private ceremony behind closed doors on the training ground
Wales finally won the Six Nations trophy in a private ceremony at their training ground after Scotland defeated France – with coach Wayne Pivac describing captain Alun Wyn Jones as one of the ‘very best players’ after his fifth title
- Wales took home the Six Nations trophy during a private ceremony on Saturday
- Wayne Pivac’s team became champions after France lost to Scotland on Friday
- The ceremony took place at the Welsh Knowledge Center
- Pivac praised Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones for winning the fifth Six Nations title
Wales received the Six Nations trophy behind closed doors on Saturday after being confirmed as the champions of the tournament on Friday night.
France fell short of the conditions to steal the trophy away from Wales against Scotland at the Stade de Frace – a bonus point win with a 21-point profit – when Fabien Galthie’s side were beaten 27-23 in a dramatic encounter.
Wayne Pivac’s squad was presented with the trophy at their training ground headquarters, which captain Alun Wyn Jones raised high in the air to spark cheering scenes among the reunited players.
Wales was handed the Six Nations trophy on Saturday after their victory was confirmed on Friday
The celebration took place in a closed-door ceremony at the Welsh Knowledge Center
Wales completed all their matches last weekend, with France’s tie with Scotland, a rescheduling a month ago after an initial delay due to the coronavirus.
Pivac’s side thought they had thrown away their Six Nations hopes and their Grand Slam chances against France last weekend when they were dramatically defeated 32-30 in Paris, thanks to a late attempt by Brice Dulin.
But Galthie’s side failed to do business against Scotland, with two attempts by Duhan Van der Merwe shattered their hopes to seal Gregor Townsend’s side a first win in Paris since 1999.
Wales’ victory was confirmed after Scotland beat the defending champion 27-23 on Friday evening
France needed a bonus point win and a 21-point profit margin to win the Six Nations
It is also Wales ‘second Six Nations title in three years and captain Jones’ fifth of his great career – 13 years after his first.
Pivac paid tribute to the Welsh skipper, calling him one of the greatest players of all time.
The Wales coach told reporters: ‘Alun Wyn will go down as one of the greatest players of all time and with good reason. I suspected he would do well (in the Six Nations), but he exceeded what I thought he would deliver.
“He was fantastic and it’s not just what you see in a test match on any given day, it’s what he does every minute of every training session. He’s physically leading from the front and it’s just incredible. Again, it’s the pride of the jersey and the playing for his country.
Wayne Pivac praised Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones and called him one of the all-time greats
‘For a small country, people will say we are beyond our weight, but there is a lot of history there and a lot of motivated people. He is our leader on the field and beyond. He’s doing a fantastic job. ‘
Jones himself admitted that he didn’t celebrate too wildly when France failed to beat Scotland on Friday night, but he showed his pride in the team in a dramatic tournament from start to finish.
The Welsh forward recalled: “It was really just a normal night. Kids to bed and then it was a bit of a rugby match that I caught the last 20 minutes on, so pretty standard actually.
‘The past 12 months have been very different, not just in the sports world, but everywhere.
Jones (above) insisted that he didn’t party too wild on Friday night when Scotland beat France
‘It’s been very different in many ways and it has been a long week, no preparation for a match that will affect where you finish. So it was a strange one.
On Wales’ Six Nations’ performance this year, Jones added: ‘I’m just really proud of the attitude on the field, but also the discipline off the field.
Obviously we’ve had our blips like most environments have because of the situation, but to get through it like we have, you’re just proud.
“Given the state of affairs and what was said in this campaign, I am very proud for a man to be associated with the staff and management and the current crop of players.”