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Wales nice Jones to captain Lions


Alun Wyn Jones has been a part of three Lions excursions

Wales nice Alun Wyn Jones can be confirmed as captain of the British and Irish Lions when head coach Warren Gatland names his 36-man squad on Thursday for the tour of South Africa.

Jones, 35, has been the favorite for the position since main Wales to the Six Nations title in March.

He can be occurring his fourth Lions tour, after being a key a part of the sequence in 2009, 2013 and 2017.

The Lions squad is confirmed at 12:30 BST on Thursday.

Jones has received a world report 157 worldwide caps and has featured within the final 9 Lions Take a look at matches, together with captaining the crew to victory within the decisive third Take a look at towards Australia in Sydney in 2013.

And whereas he’s set to face stiff competitors for a Take a look at match place within the second row, Gatland has proven he’s ready to depart the tour captain out of the beginning XV if required.

In 2017, skipper Sam Warburton was on the bench for the primary Take a look at towards New Zealand with Peter O’Mahony the captain, earlier than Warburton returned to guide the aspect within the second and third Checks.

Nonetheless Jones’ kind within the Six Nations, in addition to his aura, expertise and memorable longevity have satisfied Gatland he’s the person to succeed the retired Warburton.

“Coming from a crew that has performed fairly effectively within the Six Nations, and having the respect of different gamers within the squad, that’s pretty vital,” Gatland informed the BBC final month.

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