ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Monday Jun 28, 2021

WATCH: This is how Alun Wyn Jones' Lions tour ended before it even got started

British and Irish Lions skipper Alun Wyn Jones is out of the tour of South Africa following injury against Japan this past weekend. Here’s a look at how it happened and more on his replacement in both position and captaincy. 

ADVERTISEMENT

The Wales legend was ruled out with a dislocated shoulder following contact at the breakdown just seven minutes into the Lions’ 28-10 win over Japan at Murrayfield.

While it seemed like a fairly routine clearout, the injury puts him out of the tour and he has since been replaced by fellow Wales second rower, Adam Beard.

A surprise for many, Ireland’s Conor Murray has been named as tour skipper, beating out the likes of Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje despite not having captaincy experience with Munster or Ireland.

“I didn’t even think about it,” said Murray when asked about the possibility of getting the role.

“I knew that Al was out and then you look around the squad and there are so many contenders… Warren asked me just before the cap ceremony and it was surreal. I still don’t have my head around it, but it’s an unbelievable honour. It’s something that I never thought would be possible.”

Wales flanker Justin Tipuric has also been ruled out with a shoulder injury. He will be replaced in the squad by Josh Navidi.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We’re all incredibly disappointed for Alun Wyn and Justin. The timing of these injuries seem particularly cruel given we fly to South Africa tomorrow, but unfortunately they’re part of the game,” Gatland said.

“Alun Wyn will obviously be a big loss, both on and off the field, but will be ably replaced by Conor.

“Conor is an outstanding rugby player and is held in the highest regard with both the players and coaches.

ADVERTISEMENT

“As a three-time Lions tourist, he knows what will be required as captain and I’m certain he will lead the squad with excellence. He will also be well supported by an experienced leadership group.

“We plan for Adam and Josh to join up with the touring party before we depart for South Africa tomorrow evening.”

Video Spacer

Related Articles

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Springboks will remain top regardless of...

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Gatland replacement shortlist grows for Lions...

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Frans Steyn returns as Boks make 12 changes...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    The time an All Blacks great combined with uncapped Australian legend to score 80-metre stunner

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Closer look at Barrett offload which wowed fans in Rugby Championship masterclass

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Re-live one of the most iconic hat tricks in Blues history by Fiji great Rupeni Caucaunibuca

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Re-live possibly Jonny Wilkinson's best Twickenham performance against All Blacks in 2002

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Four minutes of Quade Cooper highlights remind fans of his unique genius

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 4 times players were kicked in the face under a high ball

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Barrett surprised by red card for high karate kick on Wallabies winger

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Classic Manoa smash rattles Twelvetrees in 2014 season opener

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Six Nations red card montage highlights recent surge in foul play

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Shane Williams still suffering from brutal 2004 Bakkies Botha hit

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Humble Quade's stirring tribute to SBW after match-winning heroics

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Closer look at Barrett offload which wowed fans in Rugby Championship masterclass

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    REACTION: Fans and pundits hail Cooper heroics after inspiring Test return

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    French players lift 1+ ton car off the road ahead of Top 14 game

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Emotional Cooper gives deep and meaningful interview ahead of headline Wallabies return

View All

Funnies

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    French players lift 1+ ton car off the road ahead of Top 14 game

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Committed winger suffers unluckiest injury of the year after just TWO minutes

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    These ridiculous interviews vary from funny to downright bizarre

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The kicking technique which had fans in stitches each weekend

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    The time Toby Flood got ended by the post during tight Heineken Cup clash

View All

Amateur

  • 46 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 83 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 83 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 83 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 83 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    A deeper look at Jason Robinson's incredible path to the top

  • 29 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 35 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 36 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 42 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

View All