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Alun Wyn Jones to miss tour after injury in Lions' victory

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26th June, 2021
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UPDATE: Ireland’s Conor Murray has been named Lions skipper following Jones’ withdrawal.

Original story follows.

The British and Irish Lions lost skipper Alun Wyn Jones to injury while defeating Japan 28-10 in a warmup Test at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.

Reports after the match indicated Jones would return to Wales and would not depart for the South Africa tour with the rest of the squad on Sunday.

Jones left early in the match clutching his arm with what is suspected to be a dislocated shoulder and was unable to hold the trophy when it was presented after the match.

Justin Tipuric also picked up a shoulder injury in the clash, a warm up event ahead of the British and Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa.

The Lions won thanks to tries from Josh Adams, Duhan van der Merwe, Robbie Henshaw and Tadhg Beirne, while Kazuki Himeno scored for the Japanese with Yu Tamura adding a penalty.

Lions coach Warren Gatland said after the match that he’d told his charges not to panic with the injury to their skipper.

“No one is in shock because if you’re in shock, it reflects back into the whole squad,” he said.


“We understand we have to be able to react and make decisions. That’s the only way you get on with it.

“It’s very disappointing. He’s been around rugby long enough but he’ll be gutted. We need to call someone in, get them PCR tested and hopefully get them on the flight tomorrow.”