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Alun Wyn Jones completes miraculous recovery to skipper Lions on Saturday

The lock dislocated his shoulder only four weeks ago

ALUN WYN JONES will captain the British and Irish Lions for their opening Test against South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday.

The Welsh lock has almost miraculously recovered from a dislocated left shoulder that had originally ruled him out of the tour and will be making his 10th successive Test appearance for the Lions — the first player to do so in the professional era.

Jones’s inclusion in the starting line-up announced today comes after he played 25 minutes in the Lions’ final warm-up match against the Stormers last weekend, with head coach Warren Gatland and his team seemingly satisfied with his fitness.

“It’s a great boost to the squad and to everyone to have him back,” Gatland said. “It’s great in terms of him making a brilliant recovery to make himself available again. He had to run out the other day and spend some time on the pitch, so it’s fantastic.”

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