Alun Wyn Jones Set To Fly Out To South Africa & Link Up With The Lions Again
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Original British and Irish Lions tour captain Alun Wyn Jones looks set to fly out to South Africa and once again link up with the squad. Jones dislocated his shoulder in the Lions’ pre-tour game against Japan and was expected to be out for the duration of the tour.
But Springboks boss Rassie Erasmus has casually dropped the news this afternoon, stating that the lock is close to joining the Lions bubble again.
Warren Gatland was then asked to comment and revealed that Jones is back training and a decision will be made on whether or not he will fly out tomorrow.
“There’s a possibility as he is back in training,” Warren Gatland told us this afternoon.
“We’re waiting for the medical reports to see what happens with that.
“A few weeks ago we didn’t think it was an option and he has been back fully training with Wales this and he’s doing a double session tomorrow with them. We’ll see what the outcome of that is.
“He has made a remarkable recovery in terms of the injury, the assessment was initially that it wasn’t as bad as they first thought. It’s a real positive and it would be a boost to the squad to have someone of his experienced and calibre to come back in.”
Gatland also confirmed that Ronan Kelleher may join the Lions squad this week too as they look to add more cover at hooker.