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Last updated: 21/07/21 22:57 pm

Alun Vin Jones leads the Lions against South Africa

Alun Vin Jones leads the Lions against South Africa

Alun Vin Jones will captain the British and Irish Lions just four weeks after splitting his left shoulder as they perform in South Africa at the opening ceremony of the series in Cape Town.

The Welsh skipper was only trained to find a way back from the injury and to show him the amazing power of recovery that he has been called “Lazarus” by his teammates.

“The first few days after I took off my shoulder and got home, I was almost on the couch when the guys even arrived at the airport on Monday. It was a tough day,” Jones said.

“Soon on Tuesday, when I was told it was possible – with the surreal border was a lie.

Jones leaves the field against Japan as his trip to South Africa ends.

Jones leaves the field against Japan as his trip to South Africa ends.

“I spent two weeks getting to know the guys and the people. We were in bed rugby. I had seven minutes and within two days this trip was over.

“I had some good news on Tuesday and sometimes you just need a chance and I was willing to work hard and make it difficult for Warren Gatland to make himself available for selection.

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“I was lucky enough to take some time against the Stormers on Saturday and put myself in contention.

“Now sitting here and participating in the test group is all I’ve done in the last few years … If I’m lying, it’s two years, probably four years.

“Obviously, when you’re finishing a series or a trip, you don’t know if you’re going to go on the next trip and a lot of the games go under the money.

“Sitting here right now is a very special thing, but it’s just a very short step that will be a very pleasant week.”

Jones will be the first professional player of the season to test 10 times in a row for the Lions, who have also been on tour in 2009, 2013 and 2017.

When Gatland was asked what this achievement meant, he joked, “It’s getting old! How long has it been!

“It’s a fantastic achievement for anyone who plays your first test game, but 10 games. It’s fantastic. I think it shows that he’s a player.”

Will Greenwood believes the return of British and Irish captain Alun Vin Jones could lead the team ahead of Saturday's first test against South Africa in Cape Town.

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Will Greenwood believes the return of British and Irish captain Alun Vin Jones could “galvanize” the team ahead of Saturday’s first test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Will Greenwood believes the return of British and Irish captain Alun Vin Jones could “galvanize” the team ahead of Saturday’s first test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Now that Jones has completed the recovery that Gatland has described as a “miracle,” he has a goal in mind.

“We’re on our way – and that’s the message I gave to the team back in Lansbury in June – to win the test series. I think we have a team here that has the ability to start this ball.” , – he said.

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