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Last updated: 07/21/21 22:57

Alun Wyn Jones to lead Lions against South Africa

Alun Wyn Jones will captain the British and Irish Lions just four weeks after dislocating his left shoulder as they face South Africa in the series’ first critical game on Saturday in Cape Town.

The Welsh skipper had been kicked out of the tour only to learn there was a way to recover from the injury, which allowed him to show remarkable recovery powers which saw him dubbed “Lazarus” by his teammates.

“The first few days after the shoulder dislocated and coming home I was almost on the couch before the guys even got to the airport on Monday. It was tough,” Jones said.

“Fast forward to Tuesday where I was told there was a chance – it was bordering on surreal. Being here now and taking the hits and bumps and being among the group – it means more, i will not lie.

Jones leaves the field against Japan believing his South Africa tour was over

Jones leaves the field against Japan believing his South Africa tour was over

“I had spent two weeks with the guys getting to know people. We were playing rugby. I had seven minutes and during those two days my tour was over.

“I had some decent news on Tuesday and sometimes all you need is a chance and I was willing to work hard and make it difficult for Warren Gatland to make myself available for selection.

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“I was fortunate to get some playing time against the Stormers on Saturday and be in contention.

“Sitting here now and being involved with the test team is all I’ve really worked for lately… I would be lying if I said it was two years, it’s probably four years.

“Obviously when you finish a series or a tour you don’t know if you’re going to shoot next and a lot of games go under the bridge.

“Sitting here now is a very, very special thing, but it’s only a very short step towards what is going to be, hopefully, a very enjoyable week.”

Jones becomes the first pro-era player to make 10 consecutive test appearances for the Lions having also been capped on the 2009, 2013 and 2017 tours.

When asked what this meant, Gatland joked, “How old he is! It’s been around for a while!

“It’s a fantastic achievement for anyone playing your first test match, but playing 10 … It’s fantastic. I think it shows who he is as a player.”

Will Greenwood believes the return of British and Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones may

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Will Greenwood believes the return of British and Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones may “galvanize” the team ahead of Saturday’s first test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Will Greenwood believes the return of British and Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones may “galvanize” the team ahead of Saturday’s first test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Now that Jones has completed a rally described by Gatland as a “miracle,” he has a goal in sight.

“We decided – and this is the message I gave to the team at Lensbury in June – to win a series of tests. I think we have a team here that can throw that ball,” he said. -he declares.





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