Ireland’s Murray takes over as Lions captain from injured Jones
Written by tokyoclub on June 27, 2021
Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray has been named as the new captain of the British and Irish Lions after original skipper Alun Wyn Jones was ruled out of the tour of South Africa by a dislocated shoulder.
Wales lock Jones suffered the injury eight minutes into the Lions’ 28-10 warm-up win over Japan in Edinburgh on Saturday and a similar injury in the same match has also ruled out compatriot Justin Tipuric.
Their places in the squad have been taken by two Wales internationals in Adam Beard and Josh Navidi.
“We’re all incredibly disappointed for Alun Wyn and Justin,” said Lions coach, Warren Gatland in a statement.
“Alun Wyn will obviously be a big loss, both on and off the field, but will be ably replaced by Connor,” he added.