Murray Named Lions Captain As Gatland Picks Replacements for Tipuric & Jones

Munster’s Conor Murray has been named as Lions captain following Alun Wyn Jones’ tour ending injury in today’s 28-10 win over Japan.

Welsh duo Adam Beard (Ospreys, Wales) and Josh Navidi (Cardiff Rugby, Wales) have been called into The British & Irish Lions 37-man touring squad to replace Tour captain Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, Wales) and Justin Tipuric (Ospreys, Wales). 

Jones and Tipuric both sustained Tour-ending shoulder injuries during the Lions 28-10 win over Japan at BT Murrayfield Stadium today for The Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup. Conor Murray (Munster Rugby, Ireland) takes over as Tour captain from Jones. 

26 June 2021; British and Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones with the 1888 cup after the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour match between the British and Irish Lions and Japan at BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Ian Rutherford/Sportsfile

“We’re all incredibly disappointed for Alun Wyn and Justin,” said Lions Head Coach, Warren Gatland. “The timing of these injuries seem particularly cruel given we fly to South Africa tomorrow, but unfortunately they’re part of the game. 

“Alun Wyn will obviously be a big loss, both on and off the field, but will be ably replaced by Connor. 

26 June 2021; Conor Murray of British and Irish Lions during the 2021 British and irish Lions tour match between the British and Irish Lions and Japan at BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Ian Rutherford/Sportsfile

“Conor is an outstanding rugby player and is held in the highest regard with both the players and coaches. As a three-time Lions tourist, he knows what will be required as captain and I am certain he will lead the squad with excellence. He will also be well supported by an experienced leadership group. 

“We plan for Adam and Josh to join up with the touring party before we depart for South Africa tomorrow evening.” 
Exeter Chiefs quartet, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Stuart Hogg, Jonny Hill and Sam Simmonds will also link up with the 37-man touring party as planned in Edinburgh on Sunday 27 June.  

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