Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones says he’ll proceed taking part in till his kind and delight decline.
The world’s most capped participant turns 36 on Sunday, however he’s making ready to start out one other season with Ospreys after signing a deal till summer season 2022.
“That is the factor folks neglect – I do not choose myself. I am nonetheless having fun with it, that is the principle factor,” mentioned Jones.
“Hopefully I’ve a bit extra left within the tank and so long as my numbers stack up I’m able to go once more.”
Chatting with BBC Radio 5 Reside, the Wales lock added: “If I did not take pleasure in it and my numbers weren’t stacking up and I did not carry out, then I would most likely take the laborious determination myself relatively than put it within the arms of another person.
“Conversations have been ongoing. You get to that magic variety of 30 and folks begin speaking about: “What are you going to do subsequent?”
“Contact wooden, the physique is OK however I’ve had just a few intervals [of injury] this 12 months that I did not plan on.”
Jones, who has received 160 caps between Wales and the Lions, led the British and Irish Lions within the collection defeat in opposition to South Africa this summer season after a outstanding restoration from a dislocated shoulder suffered within the opening seven minutes of the pre-tour warm-up match in opposition to Japan in Edinburgh.
Eighteen days later Jones flew to South Africa and went on to steer the vacationers in all three Checks.
“From the Saturday within the Japan recreation to the Tuesday the place I discovered I had an opportunity to return out, it was most likely a bit like being within the twilight zone,” Jones instructed BBC Breakfast.
“I had been the place I wished to be and located myself at residence on the couch inside a matter of hours.
“It is historical past now and I used to be in a position to return and have and that was a giant win, though the collection evaded us. There may be at all times a plot inside the story.”
Jones is because of return to Ospreys coaching on Thursday, 16 September and is about to steer Wales into the autumn collection in opposition to New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and South Africa.
“After an extended tour and season and such a chopped 12 months with rugby, it has been all around the store,” mentioned Jones.
“It’ll be good to get again right into a routine and see some followers as nicely.”
Jones has been reflecting on his illustrious profession thus far after publishing his autobiography Belonging.
“I had been approached just a few instances earlier than about doing a e book after turning 30 however I at all times stored it at arm’s size,” mentioned Jones.
“It simply felt the proper time with lockdown and I most likely wanted to be a bit extra productive. The e book [idea] got here round and it was most likely the perfect time to share a little bit of myself.
“I’ve a lot underneath the belt, I’ve been closed off for big components of my profession, just a few folks would testify to that.
“We discuss being non-public and closed off and we now discover myself on nationwide tv and I’ve simply carried out a e book and am doing all this stuff. There’s a hurdle to recover from.
“From a younger age I’ve been comparatively cussed, I’m certain folks will say I’m now.
“It’s a must to be just a little bit egocentric to succeed at sport and I’ve most likely been too far a method and I’m studying to attempt to get the work-life stability higher, particularly now with [having had] youngsters.
“It was the proper time to share a bit extra and hopefully kick on and be a bit extra of the individual relatively than only a rugby participant.”