Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones suffers wrist injury in Japan warm-up tie

The vastly experienced and influential Welsh skipper suffered an injury to his left wrist with just eight minutes on the clock at Murrayfield after attempting to poach possession following a tackle and then being put in a very awkward position at the ensuing ruck.

Jones received treatment from medics on the pitch and looked despondent as he was then escorted off the pitch with the affected area held still, replaced by England’s Courtney Lawes.

Head coach Warren Gatland will now anxiously await an update on the 35-year-old, who is set be the Lions’ official tour captain for the first time after previously skippering the side in the absence of Sam Warburton for the crucial third Test win over Australia in Sydney in 2013.

Warburton also led the Lions in New Zealand in 2017 under Gatland.

Jones – Wales’ most-capped player ever and the record-holder for the most Test appearances in rugby union history – is a veteran of three previous Lions tours, making nine Test appearances.

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