The selection of the British and Irish Lions was announced on Thursday, in anticipation of the tour which is to be announced this summer, where the team will notably challenge South Africa on three occasions. While Jonathan Sexton is the main absentee, Welshman Alun Wyn Jones has been named captain. Finn Russell, the Scottish opener of Racing 92, was summoned to him.
Welsh legend Alun Wyn Jones has been named captain of the British and Irish Lions for the 2021 tour of South Africa, which does not feature Irish captain Johnny Sexton, organizers said on Thursday.
Jones, 35 years old and world record holder of the selections (148 with the XV du Leek), succeeds his compatriot Sam Warburton, captain in 2013 and 2017. He will participate in his fourth tour of the Lions, a selection which brings together the best Scottish players, Welsh, Irish and English.
“A privilege to be a captain”
“I’m obviously very proud, I’m very lucky. Being called up to this team is what we want. So being named captain is a privilege, especially if you look at those who have had this honor. before and all that they have achieved, “said the second line.
The Lions, led by New Zealander Warren Gatland, travel to South Africa for a series of matches staged between July 3 and August 7, including three confrontations against the reigning world champion Springboks on July 24 and August 7 in Johannesburg and July 31 in Cape Town.
The main absent is Jonathan Sexton, the captain and opener of Ireland, essential player on the 2017 tour. At 35, he recently missed the semi-final of the European Cup in Leinster against La Rochelle for a new concussion. On the other hand, the third line Sam Simmonds, absent from the XV of the Rose for more than three years, will be well of the trip.
In total, in this group of 37 players, there are eight Scots, including full-back Stuart Hogg and Racing 92 opener Finn Russell. Winners of the 2021 Six Nations Tournament, ahead of France, the Welsh will be represented by ten players, including AWJ but also the nugget Louis-Rees Zammit. The English, tournament winners in 2019 and 2020, will be eleven with second row Maro Itoje, center or opener Owen Farrell and winger Anthony Watson.
The Lions group:
Full-backs: Josh Adams (WAL), Bundee Aki (IRL), Dan Biggar (WAL), Elliot Daly (ENG), Gareth Davies (WAL), Owen Farrell (ENG), Chris Harris (SCO), Robbie Henshaw (IRL), Stuart Hogg (SCO), Conor Murray (IRL), Ali Price (SCO), Louis-Rees Zammit (WAL), Finn Russell (SCO), Duhan van der Merwe (SCO), Anthony Watson (ENG), Liam Williams (WAL) )
Forwards: Tadhg Beirne (IRL), Jack Conan (IRL), Luke Cowan-Dickie (ENG), Tom Curry (ENG), Zander Fagerson (SCO), Taulupe Faletau (WAL), Tadhg Furlong (IRL), Jamie George (ENG ), Iain Henderson (IRL), Johnny Hill (ENG), Maro Itoje (ENG), Alun Wyn Jones (WAL, cap.), Wyn Jones (WAL), Courtney Lawes (ENG), Ken Owens (WAL), Andrew Porter (IRL), Sam Simmonds (ENG), Justin Tipuric (WAL), Rory Sutherland (SCO), Mako Vunipola (ENG), Hamish Watson (SCO)