Alun Wyn Jones ‘is expected to be captain of Lions’ when Warren Gatland selects his squad for the South Africa tour on Thursday … with the former Welsh boss slogging for the 35-year veteran for Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje
- Alun Wyn Jones is expected to be named as the Captain of the British and Irish Lions
- The Wales captain has become a favorite over Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell
- The second row became the most capped international player in rugby history
- Lions head coach Warren Gatland will appoint his 36-man squad on Thursday
Alun Wyn Jones is expected to be named as the captain of the British and Irish lions when Warren Gatland names his 36-man squad for South Africa on Thursday, according to the Telegraph.
The Wales captain has emerged as the clear favorite for England’s duo Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell’s armband after leading Wayne Pivac’s squad to a Six Nations triumph.
The second row became the most capped international player in history for the past 12 months and has now garnered 157 appearances for Wales and the Lions.
Alun Wyn Jones is expected to be named as the Captain of the British and Irish Lions
The Wales captain has emerged as the clear favorite for Maro Itoje’s bracelet
The 35-year-old made his Lions debut in 2009, scoring in his first game against Royal XV. He started the first test game and came off the bench in the second and third.
Jones was then given the bracelet for the final test match in the 2013 Tour of Australia after compatriot Sam Warburton was injured before the showdown in Sydney.
In 2017, Jones entered all three Test matches to rank himself among the few to have played and defeated South Africa, Australia and New Zealand for the Lions.
Sportsmail columnist Sir Clive Woodward had his take on the captaincy dilemma facing Warren Gatland and compared the Welshman’s resume to England’s Itoje.
Jones became the most capped international player in history over the past 12 months
However, not everyone reads the same song sheet as the former English captain Dylan Hartley thinks Itoje should lead the tourists.
‘Everyone is wondering where Alun Wyn Jones is, and he’s the backup of Mr Maro Itoje,’ Hartley explained.
‘They are both workhorses. They are both annoyingly good workhorses. So if one of them gets injured or you want to bring a like-for-like outfit, they are very similar graft players. ‘
Covid bubbles mean that Gatland will bring a smaller squad to South Africa than in previous years, forcing him to have a balancing act across all positions.