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Captain Alun Wyn Jones inspires Welsh World Cup hopes

(AP) -- Captain Alun Wyn Jones has toiled in the engine room of the Welsh lineup through the Rugby World Cup, playing his essential but unglamorous part in his team's progress to the quarterfinals.

At the start of tournament, when Wales beat Australia to take a commanding role in Pool D, Jones made a record 139th appearance for his country to add a further milestone to an almost unmatched 13-year international career.

In the past decade, as Wales' fortunes have turned upward after a period of decline, Jones has been a motivating power behind his team's success. Against France on Saturday, Wales will again turn to the veteran for inspiration.