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Wayne Pivac compares Alun Wyn Jones with Richie McCaw over appearance record

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Wales boss Wayne Pivac has described Alun Wyn Jones and Richie McCaw as "immense players" as they prepare to share a world record.

Wales captain Jones will make his 148th Test match appearance, which includes nine for the British and Irish Lions, when he leads his team against Guinness Six Nations opponents Scotland on Saturday.

It means that he equals New Zealand World Cup-winning skipper McCaw's world-best for international appearances in rugby union.

And there is every chance that 34-year-old Jones could break it at Eden Park in Auckland when Wales tour New Zealand this summer.

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I find him (Jones) a pleasure to work with. The way I would like all players to be. If he is not sure on things he will certainly let you know - he will ask questions, and they are all positive questions.

I think he's an outstanding player and leader for this team, and the way he trains and plays you wouldn't think he is the age that he is. He has a big future in the game.

Every player decides when they have had enough, and Richie made his decision at 148 Tests, and Alun Wyn is still going. Unless there are circumstances out of his control, he will break that record shortly.

They are immense players. Anyone who plays 100 Test matches is a fantastic rugby player and deserves the accolades. To get to the 150 mark was unheard of a few years ago, so for Alun Wyn to challenge that and surpass that I think everyone in Wales should be proud of his efforts.

– Wayne Pivac, Wales Head Coach

Pivac's first tournament at the helm since succeeding Warren Gatland as head coach will end on Saturday, with Wales striving to avoid a fourth successive defeat following losses to Ireland, France and England.

Meanwhile, he expects a tough test against Scotland, with Gregor Townsend's team arriving in Cardiff after destroying French Grand Slam hopes last weekend.

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They have obviously reviewed how that (World Cup) went, and they had the unfortunate weather in the England game, so you can't take too much out of that. They ran Ireland very, very close and had a comfortable win in Italy.

The French game is pretty hard to judge. A lot of people say it was a fantastic win. I liken it to the All Blacks losing to Australia (last year) with 14 men for half the game. It is very difficult when you have got 14 on 15 to judge it.

I was watching that game intently, like everybody, and at 7-6, I was thinking it was one that would go to the wire, potentially. So it's hard to judge that.

I think they have improved ten-fold since the World Cup, and it would be a very intriguing match, one we are really looking forward to.

– Wayne Pivac, Wales Head Coach