Jones to lead Lions in first Boks Test

Sports | AGENCIES 22 Jul 2021

Alun Wyn Jones' remarkable return from injury is complete after he was named captain of the British and Irish Lions side to face South Africa at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, a team that also contains three Scots for the first time in 24 years.

Lock Jones had initially been ruled out of the tour after he dislocated his shoulder in the warm-up victory over Japan on June 26, but with the injury less severe than first feared, he was able to re-join the squad in Cape Town last week and played 30 minutes against the Stormers on Saturday.

Ali Price has been named ahead of Conor Murray at scrum-half, and along with wing Duhan van der Merwe and full-back Stuart Hogg makes it a trio of Scottish players in a Lions starting lineup.

That is the first time that such thing has happened since the 1997 tour of South Africa, where assistant coach Gregor Townsend played.

Dan Biggar got the nod at fly-half ahead of Owen Farrell, with Robbie Henshaw and Elliot Daly the center pairing. Anthony Watson is the other wing.

Jones will partner Maro Itoje in the second row, with props Wyn Jones and Tadhg Furlong, and hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie ahead of them in the scrum.

Courtney Lawes and Tom Curry are the flankers, with Jack Conan a surprise pick at No 8 over Taulupe Faletau, who is not in the match-day 23.

All three Tests between the Springboks and the Lions will be held in Cape Town due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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