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Conor Murray named Lions captain as Warren Gatland admits Alun Wyn Jones’ tour is likely over

Alun Wyn Jones Lions

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has conceded that Alun Wyn Jones will probably miss the tour of South Africa.

Lions tour captain Jones suffered a dislocated shoulder seven minutes into the side’s first game of the summer against Japan, and will not lead the side in South Africa.

Gatland was speaking to Virgin Media after the Lions’ opening win against Japan and confirmed that the Welshman will play no further part for his side this summer.

“The shoulder had gone out and dislocated. They got it back in pretty easy so we’ll get the scanned, but to be honest, a dislocated shoulder – it’s probably not great news,” Gatland admitted.

“So we’ll see what happens with that and then we’ll have to look at probably getting someone in pretty quickly and hopefully getting them on the plane tomorrow.”

‘We’ll look at who takes over as tour captain.’

If Jones is ruled out the Lions coaching staff will have to select a new tour captain, although Gatland has said he has not yet decided who will replace the Wales veteran as skipper.

“I haven’t spoken to the other coaches about that yet so we’ll see what happens with that and then we’ll sit down and look at who we bring in and then probably look at who takes over as tour captain,” Gatland explained.

“That’ll be another decision for us to make if the news is not positive.”

England captain Owen Farrell and Scotland captain Stuart Hogg are arguably the front runners for the Lions captaincy now, as no other player on the tour is the regular captain of their country.

The injury comes as a cruel blow for Jones, who was set to depart on his second tour of South Africa with the Lions, having taken part in the last tour there in 2009.

Update

It has since been confirmed that Conor Murray will captain the British and Irish Lions on the tour.

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