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Jones And Tipuric Out Of Lions Tour

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British and Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones and flanker Justin Tipuric were both ruled out of the South Africa tour after suffering injuries in Saturday’s 28-10 victory over Japan, with Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray named as the new skipper.

Welsh duo Adam Beard and Josh Navidi have been called up to the squad and will fly out with their new team mates on Sunday.

Jones, who was set to go on his fourth tour, dislocated his shoulder in the opening minutes of the game, while Tipuric also suffered a shoulder problem in the first half.

“We’re all incredibly disappointed for Alun Wyn and Justin,” Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland said in a statement.

“The timing of these injuries seems 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 Conor. 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.”