The Wales and Ireland captains, both 35, lead their sides out on Sunday still targeting Lions places, as well as a winning start

The two oldest players in this year’s Six Nations will lead out their teams on to the Principality Stadium pitch on Sunday afternoon without even a nod to the passing of the years. Age to them is like the number on the back of their jerseys, a matter of record, and they remain as driven as when they were first capped all those years ago in the 2000s.

Alun Wyn Jones and Johnny Sexton are both 35, with the Ireland fly-half the senior by a couple of months. They have enjoyed grand slams and a winning Lions series but, at an age when most players have either gone into coaching, punditry or given up the sport for something else, their thirst for battle still rages. If there is a British & Irish Lions tour this summer, both are determined to be part of it.

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