CONFIRMED: Alun Wyn Jones’ Fate Decided As Warren Gatland Breaks The News
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Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones will not be with the squad when they fly to South Africa after suffering a dislocated shoulder against Japan this afternoon, as reported here earlier today.
The second-row was forced off after just sevens minutes after getting caught awkwardly inside of a ruck.
Head coach Warren Gatland confirmed the news after their 28-10 win over Japan this afternoon with the Ospreys man set to return to Wales.
Gatland said Jones might be fit in time for the first Test but the decision has been made to replace him in the squad with Ireland’s James Ryan the early frontrunner.
“He’s dislocated his shoulder. It went back in easy,” Gatland said.
“Prognosis is best case scenario is he might be okay for the first Test.
“However, we’ve had a chat and it looks like we’re going to have to replace him. It’s devastating news. It’s very disappointing for him.
“It’s one of those things you’ve got to put behind you and move on as quickly as you can.”