Gatland Reveals Connor Murray Happy To Hand Captaincy Back To AWJ On One Condition
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British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has confirmed that tour captaincy duties have officially been handed back to Alun Wyn Jones following his miraculous recovery and return to the squad.
Jones was replaced by Ireland’s Conor Murray as tour skipper after he dislocated his shoulder against Japan in Murrayfield and was unable to travel to South Africa.
But incredibly, after just three weeks out, Jones flew out to South Africa this week and made his return against the Stormers yesterday evening with a 25-minute cameo off the bench.
Gatland said Murray was “more than comfortable” for Jones to step back into the role but added that the one condition was that he’s not giving up his captain’s suite at the hotel!
“The captain will depend on the side we name,” Gatland said.
“Alun Wyn has come back into that role [as tour captain].
“Conor is comfortable, he stepped in to do it and Alun Wyn was named as tour captain before. It’s brilliant that he has come back and Conor, he’s the first to admit that it was more than comfortable for Alun Wyn to come back.
“It’s a measure of him [Murray] as a person as well. He wasn’t prepared to give up his bedroom suite though, he got the captain’s bedroom suite.
“It was easy in terms of that and we’ll see how the preparation goes next week. If Alun Wyn is involved or whatever… if he’s not involved, then it will be someone else who potentially leads the team.”