Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones has received the backing of World Cup winning captain Martin Johnson to captain the British and Irish Lions when they fly to New Zealand for the 2017 summer tour.
Jones took over the captaincy of Wales ahead of the Six Nations and following an often impressive campaign, the former England captain and head coach has come out to publicly back the Welshman for the captaincy of the Lions.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Johnson extolled praise on the 31-year-old and asserted that the Welshman should be nailed on for a starting role in the Lions XV.
“As the tournament has gone on I just thought Alun Wyn Jones has played really well.
“Right now if you’re picking a Test team I’d pick him in the second row and I’d pick him as captain. That would by my choice.”
Jones is currently waiting on the results of a scan for a shoulder injury that has already ruled him out of the Ospreys Challenge Cup clash with Stade Francais on April 2nd.
The lock picked up a knock during Wales’ enthralling defeat to France in Paris on Saturday and had to be substituted early in the second half.
Assuming he bounces back quickly, he will certainly be one of the stronger candidates to lead the Lions in New Zealand. However, should he require surgery, all bets are off and the fear will be whether he will make the Lions squad at all.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena