Surprise contender emerges to captain the Lions tour of Australia

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Updated: March 20, 2013
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It has emerged today that there is a new shock contender to be the British and Irish Lions  captain for the tour of Australia and he is Welshman Alun Wyn Jones. 

Jones has been tipped as captain by Wales wing legend, Shane Williams.

“I’m going for an outsider [as Lions captain]. I like Alun Wyn Jones,” he told Scrum V.

“I think he’s a dead cert to be starting, a dead cert to be going, a dead cert starter in the first Test.”

Jones returned from a shoulder injury to play a pivotal role in Wales’ wins over Scotland and England, and Williams was full of praise for the Ospreys lock.

“He’s so committed to playing rugby.

“Even if he broke his leg he’d still carry on playing. That’s the kind of person he is.

“He just wants to be on that field. He just wanted to be part of this Six Nations – incredible player, a future [Wales] captain [and] I think an outside dark horse for captain of the Lions.”

However he is not the only man vying for the role as skipper. Ireland legend Brian O’ Driscoll is still heavily fancied by bookmakers.

Although the two clear front runners for the role are Sam Warburton and Chris Robshaw.

The Cardiff Blues openside flanker and former Wales skipper has leapfrogged England skipper Chris Robshaw in the betting and is now as short as 7/4 to be named captain.

Despite a dip in form for Warburton for Wales, which has seen him step down as captain, England legend Phil Vickery says that should not rule him out as a runner for the Lions Skipper.

“For me, he’s proven himself,” said Vickery. “He’s gone through a dip in form, we’ve built him up to be this incredible, wonderful player that we all know he is and nothing can touch him, he’s invincible.

“He’s gone through a bit of a rough time and he’s had the weight on his shoulders and fair play to him and credit to him for not taking it [the captaincy against England].”

Bookmakers expect Warburton to be named Captain whilst there is still money for Robshaw, Jones and O’ Driscoll.

Latest betting: Sam Warburton: 7/4, Chris Robshaw: 3/1 ,Brian O’ Driscoll: 4/1, Alun Wyn Jones: 4/1

 

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