British and Irish Lions: Wales nice Alun Wyn Jones to captain squad
Wales nice Alun Wyn Jones can be confirmed as captain of the British and Irish Lions when head coach Warren Gatland names his 36-man squad on Thursday for the tour of South Africa.
Jones, 35, has been the favorite for the position since main Wales to the Six Nations title in March.
He can be happening his fourth Lions tour, after being a key a part of the collection in 2009, 2013 and 2017.
The Lions squad is confirmed at 12:30 BST on Thursday.
Jones has received a world report 157 worldwide caps and has began the final 9 Lions Check matches, together with captaining the workforce to victory within the decisive third Check towards Australia in Sydney in 2013.
And whereas he’s set to face stiff competitors for a Check match place within the second row, Gatland has proven he’s ready to go away the tour captain out of the beginning XV if required.
In 2017, skipper Sam Warburton was on the bench for the primary Check towards New Zealand with Peter O’Mahony the captain, earlier than Warburton returned to steer the facet within the second and third Exams.
Nevertheless Jones’ kind within the Six Nations, in addition to his aura, expertise and memorable longevity have satisfied Gatland he’s the person to succeed the retired Warburton.
“Coming from a workforce that has finished moderately properly within the Six Nations, and having the respect of different gamers within the squad, that’s pretty vital,” Gatland informed the BBC final month.