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Jones doubtful for second Lions Test but Russell in contention


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rop Wyn Jones remains a “doubt” for Saturday’s second Lions Test against South Africa with the “minor shoulder injury” that ruled him out of the series opener.

The more positive news for the Lions is that the citing commissioner opted not to take further action against any player, which will be a relief to Hamish Watson, while Finn Russell is back in training after an achilles issue and could come into contention.

The Lions will name their side for the second Test tomorrow, but Jones – an eleventh hour withdrawal from Saturday’s victory in Cape Town – appears unlikely to be involved.

Defence coach Steve Tandy said he was “doubtful”, but that there are no plans to call up a fourth loosehead prop at this stage.

Scotland’s Finn Russell could feature in the second Test against South Africa.

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Mako Vunipola, who performed well off the bench, could usurp Rory Sutherland in the No1 jersey.

Dan Biggar is undergoing return to play protocols following a head injury, and will be unable to train until Thursday at least. If he does not make it, Russell could be involved.

“Finn starts training with us today,” he said. “He could potentially be in the mix. I know he’s been reacting well to training so we will discuss it this evening.”

Replacement Watson did not receive a card for a tip-tackle on South Africa full-back Willie le Roux, but has not been cited.


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