Jones to captain British and Irish Lions in first test against Springboks

Jones to captain British and Irish Lions in first test against Springboks

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Thursday 22/07/2021
Alun Wyn Jones

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones returns to captain the British and Irish Lions in their first Test against South Africa this Sunday.

The Wales skipper was ruled out of last week's match against the Stormers due to a dislocated shoulder from their match against Japan last month.

Jones will start in the second row teaming up with England's Maro Itoje.

The side also includes three Scottish players for the first time since 1997, with scrum-half Ali Price starting at halfback, Stuart Hogg at fullback and Duhan van der Merwe on the wing.

Meanwhile, the Springboks have named a formidable side in their first test with Rugby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi returning to captain the side after recovering from COVID-19.

Head coach Jacques Nienaber has also included 11 players who started in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final in their 23-member team.

South Africa will take on the British and Irish Lions at 4am this Sunday.

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