Jones back as Lions’ captain for South Africa test

Rugby

Alun Wyn Jones has been named as captain for the British & Irish Lions’ first test against South Africa, it was announced on Wednesday.

Jones returned to the squad last week having recovered from a dislocated shoulder he sustained in the Lions first warm up match against Japan on June 26. This will be his 10th successive Test appearance for the Lions.

After impressing against the DHL Stomers last Sunday, Ali Price has been named as scrum-half ahead of Connor Murray, who was relieved of tour captain duties with the return of Jones.

Stuart Hogg has been named as fullback ahead of Liam Williams, who has been named on the bench.

In the backrow, Tom Curry will start at openside with Courtney Lawes taking the other flank. Hamish Watson has been named as a replacement.

Starting XV

Stuart Hogg, Anthony Watson, Elliot Daly, Robbie Henshaw, Duhan van der Merwe, Dan Biggar, Ali Price, Wyn Jones, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tadhg Furlong, Maro Itoje , Alun Wyn Jones (Capt.), Courtney Lawes, Tom Curry, Jack Conan

Replacements:

Ken Owens, Rory Sutherland, Kyle Sinckler, Tadhg Beirne, Hamish Watson, Conor Murray, Owen Farrell, Liam Williams.

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